LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty finally scored his first goal of the 2013 season on March 19. But the majority of the attention given to his
goal scoring drought was misplaced.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings
defenseman Drew Doughty
scored his first goal of the season on March 19, in the Kings’ 29th game of this abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League
season, many fans breathed a big sigh of relief, while some pundits started analyzing Doughty’s long scoring drought, trying to figure out why he was playing so poorly all season long.
This brings to mind the line from the Naked Gun movies:
“Move along, nothing to see here.”
The only difference is that unlike in those movies, this time, it’s probably sage advice. Indeed, many have apparently forgotten that Doughty is a defenseman, a player whose primary responsibility is keeping the puck out of his own net. Despite that, the focus for much of the last six weeks has been his goose egg in the goals column of the stats sheet, something he was frustrated about, despite earlier comments to the contrary.
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