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Brown on handshake line: “I’m moving on”

May 25, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is a do-everything player, but one of those “things” involves getting under his opponents’ skin. No time was that more prominent than during (or should I say, after) Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, when his controversial hit on Michal Rozsival prompted an unusually tense handshake line. Brown is doing something that the Phoenix Coyotes understandably couldn’t do right after it happened: he’s letting it go.

Brown told Rich Hammond that he’s giving the Coyotes “the benefit of the doubt.”

“I know it’s an emotional game and (the loss) just happened. You give them the benefit of the doubt,” Brown said. “But I was a little surprised at the time. Did it affect me after the game? No. I play the game hard, and I thought it was a clean hit and that’s it. I’m moving on. Again, it happened so quick for them, so I like to give them the benefit of the doubt on the emotional level. It’s an emotional game out there, and stuff happens.”

It’s understandable that Brown is taking the high road. He’s the Kings’ leader, he won’t face a suspension for that check and his team won. It’s pretty tough to imagine him blasting the Coyotes in the press considering those circumstances.

That doesn’t mean he’s likely to get a very friendly reception next time he plays against Shane Doan & Co., though.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Good for you bro ! Enough with this man ! What the f you suppose to do forget about getting your hands on Lord Stanley’s cup because your knee hit another knee ! Knee the f out of everybody if it gets you the cup and if the other team lets you then the sissys don’t deserve to get their hands on what your fighting for ! You could play on my team any day (FLYERS) brother !

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    The only thing the Coyotes should be complaining about is how they went down like punks !

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Whhoooooooooooo wow,,,,,,,,,, the handshake line was more intense then how the Phoenix Punks played the series ! F-off ,go home and rest your knee, loser’s !

  4. scionofflame - May 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    It’s easy to move on when your team is moving on. No need to hate Phoenix for being passionate. It shows how upset they are that they let down their fans.

    If you were a team in their position, you’d have gotten upset too. No need to hate on Phoenix for this.

    • namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      What rock did you crawl out from under at ASU?. You must be an ASU Junior College grad. By the way, I like your mascot sparkes. Your education didn’t teach you there is a difference between passionate and showing respect and class in the face of adversity in losing. You can’t just explain away the rantings of the Coyotes players rushing the refs and screaming at them, showing so much bitterness in the handshake line. Then their fun loving loser fans started throwing crap on the ice and at Kings players. Oh yes, but they didn’t hurt anyone so that makes it OK.

      I have been in that position as a Kings Season ticket holder for almost 30 years and a fan since 1972. There has never been such a display by any King fans or players after such a loss.

      PHX fans are in a low class all by themselves. You can’t sugarcoat their actions saying they were passionate. If everyone who read your comments believed that load of bull, it would make us all morons. Here’s one for you. PHX Coyotes being respectfully classy is an oxymoron. You will need to look that one up in the big boy dictionary.

      LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

  5. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I bet you’re a Zach Rinaldo fan huh eagle?
    Browns hit was to his thigh, but I’m glad to see if it was dirty and to the knee you would find that a good asset in a player for the flyers roster.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 26, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      I got news for you d-bag Zach Rinaldo is a cleaner player than D Brown ! Even Shanahan has said why are his tapes on my desk these hits are textbook clean !

  6. blomfeld - May 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM


    Fan or not, I honestly can’t recall ever seeing such a “skilled, cool, tough, classy and fun-loving” hockey team like these Los Angeles Kings ! Whether it’s Penner’s hilarious “it felt so pure” statement, or now Brown’s magnanimous “you give them the benefit of the doubt” retort, this organization is seriously “happening” from top to bottom ! I love the LA Kings and I’m so proud to have been a fan all these years !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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