NHLers Drew Doughty and Corey Perry scored consecutive shootout goals to lift their team to victory on Wednesday.
At London Knights practice.
“We had to score three of nine, so it came down to the last two shots,” Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ go-to blueliner, explained. “And luckily we both buried.”
The London-based pros have spent the past two weeks taking part in the defending OHL champions’ workouts as NHL players continue to be locked out.
Whereas teammates and other big-name stars have gone overseas to suit up for a Kontinental Hockey League franchise or other European club, Doughty and Perry haven’t budged.
“Nothing right now,” said Perry, an ex-Hart Trophy winner and career-long Anaheim Duck. “It’s a wait-and-see (situation). I’ve played a lot of hockey these past few years, so I’m just trying to take my time and see where it goes.”
Perry, 27, donned Knights garb during his teen years and, in 2005, was an integral part of capturing the club’s lone Memorial Cup. His link to the organization remains strong, with his No. 94 being retired last season.
Doughty, on the other hand, is a Forest City native who suited up for one of London’s divisional rivals, the Guelph Storm, before making the jump to pro.
“I didn’t like the Knights a lot when I was playing against them, obviously, but they’ve been very generous (since),” the 22-year-old said.
The locked-out locals are privy to the off-and-on negotiation chatter, but unable to guess when an agreement might be reached between the two sides.
“I have no idea when it’ll happen, so I’m just trying to stay ready for when it does,” Doughty said, with Perry adding, “It’s tough, but (the NHLPA) is looking for a fair deal and that’s what we’ve been saying all along.”
And even though alternative playing options are off the table at the moment, neither dismissed the notion as a possibility if the lockout does not cease soon.
Doughty says he’s “starting to get a little bored being home” by himself, while Perry notes the clock is ticking on his patience because he wants “to do something, instead of just practicing each day.”
Cap hits if NHL season was not locked out
- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings — $7 million (U.S. dollars)
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks — $5.325 million (U.S.)