Drew Doughty blows up Mike Santorelli with open ice hit

Drew Doughty can shoot, he can skate, and, as we’ve seen, he can hit. The Los Angeles Kings superstar defenseman absolutely crushed Toronto Maple Leafs center Mike Santorelli in Monday night’s game.

While it may not end up taking home the nod as hit of the year, Drew Doughty’s open-ice check on Mike Santorelli will certainly be one the Maple Leafs center remembers for the rest of the season.

Midway through the first period of Monday night’s tilt between Toronto and Los Angeles, Kings defenseman Doughty charged hard across the ice to reach Santorelli just as he received a pass from Toronto blueliner Morgan Rielly.

That’s a hit so big you can feel it in your living room. Doughty literally sent Santorelli flying with the hit, driving him from just inside the faceoff circle all the way to the corner.

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Though it may have appeared that Santorelli was injured on the play, he actually returned to the ice just three minutes later and was taking a regular shift well into the second period.