Doughty thinks the Kings weren’t lined up the proper way

As described in the article posted last hour…with time quickly expiring in the third period Wednesday, Ethan Moreau was in the penalty box, with the Kings and Stars lined up for a faceoff just outside LA’s blueline.

Drew Doughty, who wasn’t on the ice at the time of the draw and subsequent goal, said Dallas’ formation isn’t really that uncommon.

“Teams do that all the time if they need that goal late. They’ll line up a guy wide and then try to win the draw laterally, and hope for the best. It worked out perfectly (for them). At the same time, I don’t think we lined up the proper way too. I think we probably should have had a couple guys in the middle and taken care of the middle first – rather than give up a 2-on-1 that quickly. So, it was a tough way for them to tie it up, that’s for sure.”

On Steve Ott being the one to get the game-winner in overtime…

“He’s a good player. He’s a little rat, so it sucks that he scored the goal,” quipped Doughty. “But, same thing on that goal – a 2-on-1 should never happen. We tried to track back and kind of get the play. But, you know, it was a bad bounce. We can’t be letting teams back into the game like that. We didn’t have a good game to begin with and we were up two-nothing. There’s no way we should have let them get three goals.”

On Jack Johnson‘s big hit on Mike Ribeiro just seconds before ‘the rat’ scored…

“Jack made a big hit there. There was a 2-on-1 after that, but I don’t think it was Jack’s guy. Jack stepped up on the forward, hit him and did his job. To hit a guy like Ribeiro, that kinda makes a guy like that shy away. He’s a skilled player and he doesn’t like to get hit too much. To be able to step up to a guy of his caliber is a great job by Jack.”

Doughty wasn’t about to narrow the game down to one or two plays though. He felt the Kings aren’t the type of team that cough up leads like that very often.

“We also had a power play late in the game, which would have put them away,” said Doughty. “We didn’t capitalize on that either. So,there’s a lot of things that went wrong in that game.”

Let’s see now, I think we’ve covered this from every possible angle – including hearing from Johnson, Moreau, Mike Richards and coach Murray.

Time to turn the page.

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