Doughty is a finalist for Norris Trophy
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is one of three finalists for the NHL’s Norris Trophy, joining P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.
The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Assn., goes to the defenseman showing the “greatest all-round ability in the position.” Doughty was a Norris finalist in the 2009-10 season, finishing third in the voting, the same season he was named a second-team All Star.
Karlsson won the Norris in 2011-12, and Subban took the award the following season.
Doughty’s workload for the Kings was heavy this past season because of the injuries on the back end and teammate defenseman Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension. For the Kings, Doughty finished with seven goals, 46 points and a plus-three. His ice time, 28 minutes 59 seconds per game, was second most in the league.
The winner is to be announced June 24, during the NHL Awards event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
— Lisa Dillman
Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said goalie Corey Crawford will start Game 1 of the team’s second-round series against the Minnesota Wild.
Crawford was shaky early in the Blackhawks’ six-game win over Nashville in the opening round and lost the starting job to backup Scott Darling. But after Darling allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Game 6 on Saturday, Crawford relieved and stopped all 13 shots the rest of the way as the Blackhawks rallied for a 4-3 win.
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely because of what the team calls an upper body injury.
Zuccarello is a versatile wing who sees time on power plays and as a penalty killer. He was hit in the head with a shot by teammate Ryan McDonagh in the first period of the clinching first-round victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night. He immediately skated to the bench, then went to the locker room and did not return.
A driving-under-the-influence charge against former Florida State defensive back and NFL draft prospect P.J. Williams was dropped. State Attorney Willie Meggs said that video taken of Williams from the arresting officer’s patrol car and from the jail showed no signs of impairment. Williams also refused to submit to a field sobriety test or breath test.
A Florida State University Police Department arrest report said Williams was pulled over at about 3 a.m. on April 3 in Tallahassee after an officer spotted him having difficulty turning out of a restaurant.
Mike Phillips, who formed the “Twin Towers” with Rick Robey on the Kentucky basketball team that won the 1978 NCAA title, died in western Kentucky. He was 59. A television station in Kentucky said he died after a fall Saturday at his house.