Doughty now in Conn Smythe discussion

Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty reacts in overtime while taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five...

Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty reacts in overtime while taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- He was called "Brad Doty," on the highlight roll of a local television station.

There shouldn't be any confusion now. We're seeing the real Drew Doughty in these NHL playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings defenceman pushed his name into the Conn Smythe discussion with his performance in the last few games for the Kings. Goaltender Jonathan Quick and captain Dustin Brown are at the top of the list, but Doughty looks like he could make it interesting from the Kings' standpoint.

He had a goal and an assist in the Kings' 4-3 clinching victory in Game 5 Tuesday night.

"I think my game this whole playoffs has been really good," said Doughty. "I think I'm back to that guy that I know I can be. I'm loving everything about it and I want to continue to be that guy.

"I think in order for us to win the Stanley Cup, I have to be the best defenceman on the ice every night and I'm going to make sure I'm doing that."

After missing training camp because of a contract dispute, Doughty had a slow start to the season and his searching for his game was one of the reasons why the Kings struggled, particularly offensively, during the regular season.

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