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As good as Drew Doughty already is, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter thinks it will still be a while before he reaches his potential.

Sutter argued that Doughty will only continue to grow with experience. "You learn to manage your ice time better, you learn to manage what's going on on the ice, you become a better shot selection guy, you become a better penalty killer, you become a better power play guy, you learn the league better, you learn players on the other team better, you learn nuances of star players, you learn to handle the schedule better in terms of your practice habits and your nutrition and what you do on game days, all that stuff," Sutter said. "What can you do better? As I said, there's a big difference between being 25 and 35." Meanwhile, Doughty is fighting to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in his short career.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

Drew Doughty set a team record for points by a defenseman in one Stanley Cup Playoffs year on Wednesday night.

He scored his fifth goal of the 2014 postseason when he jumped into the play following a great stickhandling move. He picked up his 17th point in 22 games in the process. Doughty leads all NHL rearguards in points these playoffs and he's averaged a team-leading 27:48 of ice time per game. He's looking like a serious contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter feels defenseman Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen he has ever coached.

When speaking with the media Tuesday, Sutter stopped short of calling him the best blueliner he has ever coached, saying "I think [Chris] Chelios was the best all-around defenseman that I had the opportunity to coach. So I'd say that Drew would be trending more towards that type of player in terms of the all-around part of it, in terms of the whole package part of it." Given his relatively young age, there still room for the Kings rearguard to improve even more, which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.

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The Los Angeles Kings feel Drew Doughty is peerless as a defenseman.

"Drew, as far as I'm concerned, is the best defenseman in the world," fellow Kings defenseman Alec Martinez says. Says Kings center Jarret Stoll: "He can make big plays, score big goals, at both ends of the ice, have big defensive plays or big offensive plays. We've seen that from Drew." Doughty was so impressive during the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final series that some hockey writers jokingly tweeted that it was too late to change their Norris Trophy vote for best defenseman. Doughty was not a finalist this season; it was tough to understand how that was possible after his performance in Game 6.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

Drew Doughty had a first-rate game Friday night in what has been a first-rate Western Conference Final series for the Los Angeles Kings' defenseman.

In the Kings' 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks Friday night, Doughty had two points (a goal and an assist), two hits, three blocked shots and 26:10 of ice time. He has seven points (three goals and four assists) in the past seven games.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

With seven points in his past two games against the Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Kane has been outstanding lately for the Chicago Blackhawks and is largely responsible that the teams are tied 3-3 in their Western Conference Final series.

Yet Drew Doughty of the Kings doesn't seem all that impressed with Kane. When asked about Kane's four-assist performance in Game 5 of the series, Doughty said: "You know what, yeah, last game he got four assists, but I didn't think it was like he dominated the game. The stat sheet tells a different story than the actual game."

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Drew Doughty scored a goal and added an assist in the Kings' 4-3 loss to Chicago in Game 6 of their semi-final series Friday night.

The loss forces a Game 7 in Chicago Sunday. Doughty was L.A.'s best skater and for his efforts he was selected as the game's 2nd star. Dwight King and Alec Martinez scored the Kings' other goals while Justin Williams, Jared Stoll, Mike Richards and Dustin Brown each recored an assist in the loss. The Kings had a 3-2 lead with just over eight minutes left in the game and could have eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champs. Now they will have to travel to Chicago for Game 7. If the Kings are to win Sunday night they are going to need a better game from their key players.

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Drew Doughty logged a game-high 39:04 of ice time in Wednesday's 5-4 double overtime loss to Chicago.

"I felt really good out there. I felt fresh. I wasn't tired at all. I wish I could have done something to win the game for us, but I thought I played well," Doughty said after Game 5's defeat. "I'm tired now obviously. I'll probably take a nap on the plane. The more I can be out there, the better I like it. I thought it was a good game, but we've just got to win." Doughty added that he felt he should've scored in the match after he was credited with a game-high nine shots on goal. He also recorded four blocks and a plus-2 rating.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

Drew Doughty has been using the Kings' 2013 Western Conference series against Chicago as motivation this season.

Chicago eliminated the Kings in five games last year. "That stuck with me. It was a frustrating time," Doughty said. "I wanted to win that Cup again so bad along with all the other guys on my team. It hurts when you can't get what you want and what you want back. It really gave me the drive, even more of 'the want' to beat this team just because they did take our season away last year and it's our turn to do it back to them." Los Angeles has a 3-1 series lead and with that, an opportunity to take revenge on Chicago. Doughty has been a huge part of the Kings' success in this series with two goals and five points in four games. He's also been tasked with minimizing the presence of the Blackhawks' top players, which is something Doughty and the Kings have been effective at so far in this series.

Drew Doughty D LA 3 Months

Drew Doughty doesn't want his team to get too far ahead of itself after taking Game 3 on Saturday.

The Kings earned a 4-3 victory against Chicago to go up 2-1 in the Western Conference Final. "We're here for a reason," Doughty said. "We're not here to win a few games. Our ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Obviously, got a lot of obstacles before that can happen. This is our toughest one yet. Chicago is a good team. We know they're not going to go away easy. We're only up 2-1. A lot of work left to do. Looking forward to it. Can't wait for Game 4." He won't have to wait long as Game 4 will be played on Monday.