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Dustin Brown: “It’s time for guys to wake up”

Dec 18, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

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What does rock bottom look like? There’s no surefire way to figure out when a team reaches the low point in their season, but the Kings’ 8-2 defeat in Detroit on Saturday night certainly looked like the worst performance of their underwhelming season. They can only hope that it doesn’t get any worse.

It was yet another slow start for a team that has made it a habit to fall behind early and try to play catch up over the final two periods. Saturday night the Kings took it to a new level. They were outscored 4-1 in the first period in Detroit, and then they were outscored 4-1 over the final forty minutes. It’s not the first time a team has lost in Detroit – it’s the tenth straight win at home for the Red Wings – but it may have been the ugliest.

Here’s a newsflash: lame duck coaches may not be the greatest idea for a team that desperately needs to collect every point they can.

Kings have now lost six out of their last seven games and haven’t scored more than two goals since they scored three goals against St. Louis on November 22. That would be 11 games in a row for those who like keeping track of that kind of thing. Finally, after weeks of struggling, someone besides GM Dean Lombardi said something.

After the game, Kings captain Dustin Brown had some choice words for his teammates. “We got our (butts) kicked,” the usually quiet captain said. “It’s time for guys to wake up. That’s pretty much it, really. Guys have to wake up and take responsibility.’’

After the loss in Detroit, the Kings are sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference. Even more concerning, the team with lofty preseason expectations is the lowest scoring team in the entire league. People pointed towards Terry Murray’s system, but it may be more about the lack of effort from the guys on the Kings roster.

“We’ve got to find ways to be a lot better than we were tonight,” Brown told the media after the game. “With everything that’s gone on, guys have got to take responsibility in here because it doesn’t matter whether Stevens is our coach or whoever they’re bringing in. It doesn’t make a difference who the coach is. It’s going to be the players that play the games, and it’s going to be the players that need to take responsibility.”

So much for being the strong, silent type.

The Kings still have one more game to play under John Stevens (Monday in Toronto) before Darryl Sutter takes over the reins next week. Of course, fans in southern California will hope that they can turn around the scoring woes. But more importantly, they should hope that Sutter can turn things around in the motivation department.

If the team continues to sleepwalk through the year, Terry Murray won’t be the only one that loses his job this season.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Brown, you are gone at the end of the year and you yourself needs to wake up. I haven’t watched him play since the Wild game last week but I have never seen someone play so flat and stupid that has the C on their sweater than that game.

    lead by example young man… still have a little over half the season and your only a handful of points out of the playoffs, could be worse

  2. aksnowman - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    You obviously haven’t watched Eric Staal all season then. I agree. They all look flat and just like the Canes are hoping their goalie bails them out. Hope they ALL start taking accountability and right the ship.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      I forgot about Staal! What is his deal anyhow, is he taking the check on his brother to heart. If he doesn’t play, I don’t play?

      I haven’t been able to catch any Carolina games in the MN market and I don’t have center ice this year, also you never see Staal in any highlight reels during nhl on the fly …. so I really have no clue what’s going on with him… Is he now slow, brick-handed, lazy ???? You think with Skinner he would be loving life and working his tail off

  3. nhlbruins90 - Dec 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Playing like they don’t give a damn, aren’t they just a little bit embarrassed to cash those gigantic paychecks? Guess not. I’m a longtime Kings fan, but a team like this is hard to root for.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    No keep sleeping

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