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Rising star: Drew Doughty overcomes anger, celebrity to lead Kings' latest championship chase

FILE - In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles. Doughty once loved playing for the Los Angeles Kings because he could live unnoticed in a nonhockey town. But after two Olympic gold medals and a Stanley Cup title, the Kings' defenseman has lost his anonymity. Now he's intent on adding second ring during an electrifying postseason run. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

FILE - In this May 24, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles. Doughty once loved playing for the Los Angeles Kings because he could live unnoticed in a nonhockey town. But after two Olympic gold medals and a Stanley Cup title, the Kings' defenseman has lost his anonymity. Now he's intent on adding second ring during an electrifying postseason run. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)  (The Associated Press)

When Drew Doughty joined the Los Angeles Kings as a slightly pudgy teenager, he could walk around town unnoticed. Almost nobody at the supermarket or on Manhattan Beach realized he was the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft, targeted for hockey stardom.

After six dynamite seasons with the Kings, including a Stanley Cup title and two Olympic gold medals, Doughty's anonymity is all but gone.

The hockey world is getting another up-close look at him as Los Angeles chases its second championship, and Doughty is proving he can handle any scrutiny.

Doughty has been at the top of his limitless game during the Kings' drive through the postseason heading to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers on Saturday.