My favorite moment covering the
It certainly wasn’t for attribution as Kings defenseman
But in light of what happened less than two weeks later, seeing Doughty skate around
"Let's get … out of here," Doughty roared to no one in particular.
To me, Doughty was making it clear the heaviest lifting of the Stanley Cup challenge was complete, that it was time to get back home to Los Angeles after three grueling back-and-forths to Chicago against a team that pushed the Kings to the brink -- that it was time to win a second Stanley Cup in three seasons.
Doughty played more than 23 minutes in all 26 of the Kings' playoff games. In Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, he played 41 minutes 41 seconds.
Friday night, he was in there for 41:21, helping blank the Rangers for the game's final 59:06 as the Kings rallied to win, 3-2, in double overtime.
"This series was probably — I don't want to say the easiest — but the least physically demanding, without a doubt," Doughty told reporters after Friday's win. "All the other series were more physical, they were tougher on the body.
"It was still a good series, but the other ones were tougher."
I looked at Doughty during a timeout in a tie game late Friday night. Staples Center was a tense mess. Would the Kings dare blow a 3-0 series lead themselves after overcoming such a hole against San Jose in the first-round series?
Doughty -- while many teammates sat -- stood along the boards, calm, looking as if he was having the time of his life, sipping from a Gatorade bottle.
At 24, he now has won two Stanley Cups and two gold medals for Team Canada in the Olympics.
There's an "it" factor that some special athletes have. You know it when you see it. Doughty has it.