Taylor Hall had a good chuckle about his second run-in of his rookie season with Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty the night previous, as he caught the visiting rearguard in the mouth with the butt end of his stick as he dodged a check along the boards.
Asked if there was a running feud with Doughty, who cranked Hall — who had his head down the last time these two teams met and began a skirmish in which Hall himself threw an uppercut with his glove on and then had Dustin Penner ride to his rescue — the young Oiler smiled and obliged.
"I think it was a little overblown, definitely," Hall said of Wednesday's highlight coverage on television. "It's just a player competing against another one. I saw on the TV last night that they highlighted when he came over and talked to me."
Clips showed an irate Doughty screaming from the bench after taking the hit, that went undetected. He also appeared to have some choice words for the Oilers rookie on a faceoff, but that's not what Hall related.
"It was just a friendly conversation. He said, 'You really got me good there,' " is how Hall explained it.
Run-in with Doughty overblown: Hall
Edmonton Journal | Feb 4