Hall denies Doughty clash

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Taylor Hall thinks the issue was blown a little out of proportion.

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers winger was approached by Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty following a clash along the boards earlier in the contest.

Hall had caught Doughty in the face with his arm trying to slip by him, dropping the defenceman, who was incensed there wasn’t a penalty called on the play.

“It was just a player competing against another one,” said Hall. “I saw on the TV last night, that they highlighted when he came over to talk to me.

“All he said was that I got him pretty good and I told him that I didn’t mean to and that was the extent of it.”

Doughty was more upset with the officials than with Hall, giving and earful to Eric Furlatt and Tom Kowal once he recovered on the bench.

“I knew I had hit him,” Hall said. “I was just trying to get body position and it’s unfortunate I got him right in the face.

“I didn’t mean to or anything. It wasn’t anything personal, I played against Drew a lot in the OHL. He’s a great player, I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game, and certainly we’re competitors playing against each other.”

Peckham’s chance: Theo Peckham was surprised to find himself in all alone on a rare breakaway Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Oilers defenceman took a long pass coming out of the penalty box and was clear from the blue line on in.

Without a litany of moves in his arsenal, Peckham tried to beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick through the pads with a shot, but was denied.

“At least I got a shot on net,” smiled Peckham. “If you look at the number of shots that miss the net, at least mine had a chance of going in. My biggest concern was trying not get caught from behind. I knew I was on a breakaway, but I didn’t know what I was doing.

“That’s my first breakaway in pro hockey. The last time I had a breakaway was in junior, so I’ve had a lot of time to work on them. But how I envisioned it, it really didn’t go my way.”

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