Unfortunately, since last night’s game was not televised, there’s no visual account of this, but there was a rather interesting incident in the second period of the Kings-Islanders game.
It seems as though Islanders forward Matt Martin delivered a rough hit to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, after which Doughty’s partner, Sean O’Donnell, jumped on Martin and drew a five-minute penalty and an ejection. This morning, I called Terry Murray to get his perspective on the incident.
MURRAY: “The Islanders player came across and it was a situation where it was a shoulder hit to the head area, one of those late hits that needs to be taken out of the game, in my opinion. In that situation, O’Donnell responded to protect his teammate, and that’s a good thing to see. With the culture we’re trying to build here, that’s exactly what we want to see happen. It’s a great message to all of the players on the team.”
The obvious contrast is to the incident last season, in which Tampa Bay’s Evgeny Artyukhin delivered a questionable hit to Doughty but didn’t draw much of a response from the Kings.