LOS ANGELES -- Those that were around Drew Doughty earlier this season could sense a change in his demeanor when the Stanley Cup Playoffs began.
Doughty's eyes seemed to light up when the games took on heavy meaning, and he spoke with more focus about loving this time of year -- the intense matchups with teams in a seven-game series. Doughty isn't necessarily bored with the regular season; it's just that he loves a stage.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Doughty was the poster boy for Team Canada when he took the Canadian flag and skated around the ice after the gold medal game. He was all of 20.
It was a coming-out party for Doughty as a premier young defenseman in the NHL. But he knew his career wouldn't be complete without a Stanley Cup, and he crossed that off his list Monday at age 22.