Two goals which were originally credited to Kings forward Ryan Smyth during… (Harry How / Getty Images )
Reporting from Calgary, Canada — — Drew Doughty was credited with the first two-goal game of his career Thursday, nearly 12 hours after the final horn sounded on the Kings' 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
The hard-shooting defenseman fired a pair of vicious one-timers at the net in the second period of Wednesday's game in Edmonton, but each time teammate Ryan Smyth — an Alberta native who spent 12 years with the Oilers — was credited with redirecting the shot into the goal.
"Captain Canada," Doughty said with a smile. "They love him in Edmonton."
But Smyth quickly admitted he didn't touch the puck either time. And on Thursday after hearing Smyth's confession and reviewing video of the goals at the Kings' request, NHL officials reached the same conclusion.
After practice Thursday in Calgary, where the Kings meet the Flames on Saturday, a sheepish Doughty accepted belated congratulations.
"Obviously it's nice to get a couple of goals. But whether or not I got them, I wasn't too worried about it," he said.
He might be if he reads the small print in his contract. Ten goals earns him a $212,500 bonus and the two scores Wednesday give him six on the season with 30 games to play.
During last week's All-Star break, Kings Coach Terry Murray decided to shake up his punchless power play by reuniting Doughty with Jack Johnson on the blue line. And the move paid off Wednesday when both of Doughty's goals came off feeds from Johnson.
"We had to change something," Murray said of the power play, which was one for 29 in 10-plus games before Doughty's first score. "That was important, to get a different look. Sometimes change is a good thing and that's basically where that came from."
Doughty and Johnson made an effective pairing last season, especially in the playoffs when Doughty scored twice against Vancouver when the Kings had a man advantage.
Defenseman Matt Greene may be missing some teeth but he hasn't missed a shift since taking a stick to the chops in the third period of Tuesday's game in Minnesota.
In fact Greene calmly skated over and scooped his teeth off the ice after the incident, then went back to playing.
"They were old teeth," Greene said Thursday while declining to smile. "I have some roots that are exposed. [But] there's nothing you can do until you get home."