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Kings Doughty On Goalless Drought

A three-time 10-goal scorer that racked up a career-high 16 in 2009-10, Drew Doughtys never had problems putting pucks in the net.

As such, one can understand his current level of frustration.

The LA Kings blueliner is goalless in 21 games this season and on Friday admitted the slump is getting to him.

Its frustrating, obviously, Doughty told NHL.com. Its in my head too often. I want to get that goal really bad.

While its not the first time hes fallen into an early-season scoring funk he only had two goals through 21 games last year its the first time hes failed to find the back of the net entirely, which is understandably maddening.

This is the same guy, after all, that scored 33 goals over his final two years with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League.

That said, Doughty insists he wont go chasing that elusive first tally.

Im still just playing my solid defensive game and if I have that opportunity, Ill try to put one in the net, he explained. Yeah, its frustrating, but the coaches are happy with the way Im playing.

If I dont score a goal and were winning, it really doesnt matter.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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