The Los Angeles Kings are used to playing from behind. After giving up the first two goals of the game, the Kings carried a 2-1 deficit into the second period against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers had owned much of the first period and the Kings didn't quite look themselves.
But even when the Kings are not at their best, it seems they find a way to stay in the game. Still trailing the Rangers and still not looking great early in the second period, Drew Doughty stepped up in a rather big way.
Justin Williams found Doughty in space in the Rangers zone, but he let the pass get behind him a bit. In order to corral the puck and evade Rangers forward Derek Dorsett, Doughty slid the puck from behind his back, between his legs and collected it on the other side. He opened up all kinds of space for himself with that move, skated in and fit a shot under the arm for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Let's see that again in GIF form (via @myregularface):
That's just a smart, creative play from Doughty.
And just like that, the game was tied. The Kings, as they have so often, including in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals overcame an early 2-0 deficit to climb back in the game.
For Doughty, the goal was a bit of redemption. He turned the puck over on Benoit Pouliot's goal to open the game for the Rangers. What a spectacular way to make up for a mistake.
The Kings top defenseman has been one of the postseason's very best players and he showed why once again in another huge moment for his team in Game 1.