You know what would have actually been humorous? If, after serving to to arrange the aim that put his workforce up Three-1 on the Los Angeles Kings Sunday evening, Jonathan Marchessault had skated as much as Drew Doughty and tapped the facet of his head along with his finger as if to say, “Dude, you new at this? Both defensemen caught in no-man’s land behind the net?”
Of course, that may have required Marchessault to stoop to Doughty’s stage, which is a part of the purpose why the Kings discover themselves in a Three-Zero gap to an enlargement workforce in the first spherical of the playoffs. The Kings dressed a roster for Game Three of their first-round collection towards the Vegas Golden Knights that had a mixed 965 video games of playoff expertise and 17 Stanley Cups. The Golden Knights, on the different hand, had 437 sport of post-season expertise and three Stanley Cups of their lineup. (That didn’t embrace Tomas Tatar, who regardless of being acquired at the deadline for a first-, second- and third-round decide, was a wholesome scratch.)
But it’s the Golden Knights who’re enjoying like a poised, veteran, playoff-hardened group and the Kings look like a bunch of post-season neophytes who can’t deal with the glare of the highlight. And one among the worst offenders in all of that is Doughty, who seems to be treating the NHL playoffs as if it’s the Federal League. If there was a method for Doughty to place his foot in it, or put his foot in his mouth, he’s discovered a solution to do it. All the whereas he’s been operating round like a fringe fourth liner intent on doing nothing greater than stirring up hassle. He’s capturing his mouth off and making foolish gestures, the method he did when Marchessault took a roughing penalty on him in Game Three and he tapped the facet of his head as Marchessault went to the penalty field. During warm-ups for Game Three, after sitting out Game 2 with a one-game suspension, Doughty stood alongside the pink line and yapped at the Golden Knights as they skated by.
Yeah, we get it. Doughty’s a hyper-competitive man who performs finest when he’s enjoying on the edge and blah, blah, blah. And which may be true, however the really nice gamers who play that method know tips on how to strategy the edge with out going over it. Doughty, who has 82 video games of playoff expertise and two Stanley Cup rings, appears to have fully forgotten the place that edge lies. Prior to the collection, Doughty talked about how the Kings had been a greater workforce, the sort of remark that has completely no upside. He complained about his one-game suspension for his hit on William Carrier and handled Game Three as if he was on a private mission of vengeance.
But it’s not simply that. Earlier this season, he received caught up in an argument over his contract, saying he and Erik Karlsson need to receives a commission rather more on their future offers. He allowed himself to change into embroiled in an on- and off-ice warfare with a rookie, for goodness sake. Doughty appears to have insisted on making himself the focus and are you aware what that makes gamers? It makes them high-maintenance, which is all effectively and good so long as they will again it up with high-level performances. But when it turns into a distraction and a detriment the method it has for Doughty and the Kings, then the questions start. Anyone who has watched Doughty play by means of his profession is aware of he’s higher than this and doesn’t should be this solution to be efficient.
So how about this? Just stop. Stop with the acts of vengeance and the gong present and the yapping and simply begin enjoying hockey the method everybody is aware of you’re able to enjoying. Yes, play on the edge and play with ardour and vigor, however as Vince Lombardi mentioned, act as if you’ve been there earlier than.
And that’s the factor, the Kings have been right here earlier than, together with 4 years in the past once they went right into a Three-Zero gap towards the San Jose Sharks in the first spherical earlier than profitable the subsequent 4 video games en path to their second Stanley Cup in three years. If the Kings are going to have any hope of getting again into this collection, they’re going to wish their veterans who’ve been right here earlier than to step up with monster performances and to play with the sort of self-discipline that wins in the playoffs. That begins with Doughty and in the event that they don’t get it from him, there’s no hope.
Chances are, this collection is over anyway. With their pace and ability, the Knights have been in a position to flummox the Kings and have taken away their possession sport, largely as a result of they’ve the puck most of the time. But the Kings gained’t even win a sport on this collection they and Doughty proceed to play the method they’ve.
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