It’s still a little difficult to piece together exactly what happened with the hit by Erik Cole on Drew Doughty in the first period, the hit that forced Doughty from the game. Terry Murray was uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the play after the game, which leads me to believe that he was biting his tongue and didn’t want to comment on the play.
Of the injury, Murray said only, “It was the Cole hit, in the neutral zone. Doughty carried the puck out of our zone, and the puck had long gone. He didn’t have it for a long way when the hit happened.”
As for Doughty’s short-term status, Murray said, “We’re not going to take him (to Phoenix). He might join us on the trip.”
In reference to Doughty, Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi told the Daily News’ J.P. Hoornstra, “When you’ve been around a little bit, you can tell if a guy’s got his bell rung. … It didn’t look too bad. He was walking around, he was talking OK – certainly a positive.”