April 22, 2011 5:35 pm

Doughty, with less bite, regrets penalty

After last night’s game, Terry Murray was none too pleased with Drew Doughty’s decision to engage San Jose fourth-line center Scott Nichol in a second-period scuffle, one that resulted in matching roughing penalties and, during the ensuing 4-on-4 period, the Sharks’ first two goals. After practice today, Doughty also expressed disappointment in himself, but provided some context, as he showed reporters the two broken teeth he suffered as a result of Nichol’s hit moments before the scuffle. Still, Doughty took responsibility for being drawn into the matching penalties…

DOUGHTY: “Obviously I’m a little disappointed. That’s not really the right trade-off at all. My emotions were running high. He tried to knee me, so I was a little upset about that, and then he knocked out my teeth, so I was upset about that. He got them right in half. So I was upset, but still, that’s the turning point of the game. They got two goals when I was in the box, so I can’t be doing that. … I’ve just to realize that maybe if it was a guy like Boyle or Thornton or something like that, it’s a better trade-off, but Nichol is a fourth-line center, not playing a lot of minutes. My team needs me, and I can’t be in the box.”

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