Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture grew up together and played hockey with and against each other in London, Ontario. They remained friends and foes going into Game 1 of the second-round playoff series.
“We’re not really friends on the ice, so we’re going to be battling hard out there against other,” Doughty said at Tuesday’s morning skate. “It’s going to be a tough series and we’ll shake hands at the end of it. Hopefully, I’ll have the bragging rights. I haven’t talked to him even before the series started we haven’t talked.
“We’ll probably just wait until the series is over.”
Doughty said Couture’s game remains the same, only better.
“He’s kind of in the shadow of (the Sharks’ Patrick) Marleau and (Joe) Thornton,” Doughty said. “Now that they’ve given him that opportunity, he’s shining with it. He’s going to be one of the guys circled on the board that we need to pay special attention to, and we have to shut him down.”