The list of unhappy Kings also includes Drew Doughty, who made that quite evident on the ice. Doughty vehemently protested after Vancouver’s go-ahead goal, claiming interference and/or cross-checking, and was even more irate when he was called for diving — at the same time as Alex Burrows’ roughing penalty — late in the third period. Here’s what Doughty said after the game…
Question: It’s probably an understatement to say you weren’t happy with a couple of the calls…
DOUGHTY: “No, not at all. Obviously, on that winning goal, I got cross-checked from behind. In a defensive position, there’s not much you can do with a guy cross-checking you from behind. He’s the one who scored the goal, too. In my opinion, it should never have happened, it should never have been a goal. Then, the dive at the end, I don’t see how you can call a dive and call a penalty at the same time. I think it’s kind of one or the other, but whatever. We’ve got to put that game past us and continue on and play the next game better.”
Question: Did any of the officials say anything to you about the non-call?
DOUGHTY: “No, they didn’t talk to me. I was just kind of yelling at them, I guess. That’s one thing I’ve got to work on. I get frustrated at the refs too often, and sometimes I say things I wish I didn’t say. It’s something I’ve got to learn from.”
Question: Overall, do you think your team played as well as it could, or should?
DOUGHTY: “No. That second period, they were definitely all over us. We didn’t have very many opportunities. We (can do) a lot better than that. I know we’re all not happy with the way we played, and the next game is a must-win and we’re going to be at our best.”