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Latest edition of Doughty vs. Tkachuk does not disappoint

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CALGARY – Shortly after burying the overtime winner, Drew Doughty wanted to bury the hatchet.

Not surprisingly, Matthew Tkachuk wasn’t on the same page.

"I’m excited for Round 2 in two weeks in L.A.," said Tkachuk in a dressing room quieted by the Flames’ dramatic 4-3 loss.

He couldn’t even bare to utter Doughty’s name when referring to the author of his team’s ultimate demise.

That’s how deep this runs.

In the afterglow of an improbable win by the rebuilding Kings, Doughty can offer an olive branch all he wants.

But people need to remember it’s Tkachuk that started this, and he’s nowhere near ready to end it.

For that the hockey world should be thankful.

At the age of 21 Tkachuk used the stage set by their ongoing feud to demonstrate his unique ability to not only drag his teammates into the fight, but draw in almost every one of his opponents.

It was, through these eyes, the best NHL game of Tkachuk’s career.

He did it all.

Two goals, three points, seven hits and the man turned a hard-sell Tuesday night tilt into must-watch TV.

With a little help from Milan Lucic, Tkachuk gave life to a sleepwalking squad that looked destined for another 9-1-type shellacking after being outshot 20-3 in the first.

In that frame Tkachuk provided the........

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