Dating back to March 2017, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Calgary Flames left-winger Matthew Tkachuk have been at odds ever since the Calgary youngster elbowed the two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Norris Trophy winner in the face on a play behind the net. Since then, drama has ensued and the bitter-rivalry added another chapter Tuesday night, when Doughty scored the game-winner via one-timer during a 4-on-3 power-play, and immediately skated towards the corner to taunt and bang the glass in front of a group of Flames fans.
After the deflating goal, the majority of the crowd sat silent. However, the fans he approached became very riled up, with one one even gesturing double-middle fingers towards the Kings’ future hall-of-famer. Nevertheless, Doughty got the final laugh of the night with the Kings claiming a 4-3 victory on Calgary’s home ice.
Despite scoring two goals during the loss, one of which was an amazing circus shot where Tkachuk tipped the puck to himself from mid-air and swung his stick to hit the puck in for a “good” goal that tied the game late, it was Doughty who ultimately stole the show. The Flames’ youngster will have another shot to settle the score with the defenseman and the Kings in two weeks, when the teams square-off in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 at the Staples Center.
The feud between Tkachuk and Doughty is deeply-rooted in what seems to be a game of “cat and mouse”, where both players lack respect for each other both on and off the ice. Doughty has been very outspoken during media sessions about his distaste for the American, and at time Tkachuk refuses to even really acknowledge the Canadian defenseman’s verbal slights.
Doughty feels that Tkachuk doesn’t respect him, and is a dirty player. After last night’s game, he offered a grapevine to the Flames’ forward. However, Tkachuk doesn’t seem interested in squashing the beef, telling the Sporting News and other media members, “I’m excited for round two in two weeks in L.A.”
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