Matthew Tkachuk, Drew Doughty spark line brawl between Flames and Kings

Drew Doughty lays a hip check on Matthew Tkachuk coming down the wing, Kyle Clifford attempts to get in on the action and Mark Giordano comes flying over the top, as the rivalry continues between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings.

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty downplayed their rivalry leading up to Saturday’s rematch on Hockey Night in Canada, with Doughty even telling a group of reporters, “To be honest, I’m just sick of it.”

Well, so much for that.

Halfway through the third period, with the Kings comfortably ahead 4-0, the tension between Doughty and Tkachuk boiled over and snowballed into a line brawl.

It started with Tkachuk entering the Kings’ zone and being upended by a hip check from Doughty. As Doughty tried to skate away, Tkachuk grabbed his leg and tackled him to the ice. Kings forward Austin Wagner joined in, cross-checking Tkachuk from behind.

From there, chaos ensued.

Additional players from both teams joined into what became mostly a wrestling match, with Flames defenceman Mark Giordano leaping on top of the pile at one point.

Five penalties were handed out, including three for Tkachuk (tripping, roughing and a game misconduct). Doughty was not penalized.

Act three of this feud will have to wait until Dec. 7 when the Kings and Flames meet again at Staples Center.

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