LOS ANGELES -- As is usual when the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings meet, much is already being made of the friendship between Sharks forward Logan Couture and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

The connection dates back to their days as youth hockey teammates in London, Ontario, and Couture was asked if he spent time with Doughty the day he brought the Stanley Cup home after the Kings won it a year ago.

"I did," Couture said. "I actually went to his Stanley Cup party. All our friends, family were there. I stayed away from him, but it was cool to see it and be around all our friends."

And, no, Couture said in response to another question, winning the cup didn't change Doughty.

Logan Couture is congratulated by Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle after scoring his first goal of the game in the third period of Game 3 of an
Logan Couture is congratulated by Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle after scoring his first goal of the game in the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Sunday, May 5. (Nhat V. Meyer / Mercury News)

"He's the same guy, laid back," Couture said. "He's been the same way since we were 13."

So was he happy for his friend or did it annoy him that Doughty has his name on the cup and Couture doesn't?

"When they first won, I was excited that Drew won the Stanley Cup. I mean, growing up with him, you always want to see him win. I was watching with a bunch of our buddies and we were happy for him."

The emotions soon shifted, though.

"Then 10 minutes pass and you're jealous," Couture continued. "You wanted it to be you. That's a natural reaction when you're a player in this league. It makes you work that much harder and we want to do it this year."

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