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Kings' Doughty cleared to resume hockey activities

November 2, 2010 |  7:41 pm

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi  is known for his long and sometimes long-winded responses to questions, but his one-word response to an inquiry about defenseman Drew Doughty's  status was eloquent.

"Cleared."

Doughty, one of the cornerstones of the franchise, suffered a concussion Oct. 20 in a collision with Carolina's Erik Cole  and had suffered a few setbacks last week when he resumed skating. However, late Tuesday he was cleared by team medical personnel to return to all hockey activities.

That means he is likely to practice all-out on Wednesday, without the yellow, no-contact jersey he had been wearing, and will be activated off injured reserve in time to play Thursday against Tampa Bay at Staples Center.

The Kings are 4-2 without Doughty, but they can only be better with his booming shot and physical play. Thursday's game will match the NHL's top two teams: the Kings are 8-3-0 and the Lightning is 7-2-1.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports

--Helene Elliott

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