Los Angeles Hockey: Anze Kopitar. Jonathan Bernier
October, 20, 2010
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com
A night of firsts for the Kings was only tempered Wednesday night by an injury to one of their top players.
Andrei Loktionov scored his first NHL goal, Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus added their firsts of the season and goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier won his first game since last April, adding up to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center.
But the parade of highlights was dimmed when star defenseman Drew Doughty left in the first period because of an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not return.
Doughty, runner-up for the best defensemen in the NHL last season, was hit by Carolina left wing Erik Cole as he brought the puck up the ice and into the neutral zone.
Kings coach Terry Murray was mum on the extent and precise area of the injury but indicated it wasn’t a clean hit by Cole. Doughty will not accompany the team to Phoenix for their game Thursday night against the Coyotes.
“Doughty carried the puck out of our zone and the puck had long gone,” Murray said. “He didn’t have it for a long way.”