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Kings kept Dustin Brown on bench for Game 5’s final minutes

Jun 9, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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It’s no secret that Dustin Brown has been struggling offensively in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. Ryan Dadoun touched on it in this post and the Los Angeles Times addressed it before Game 5. Yet John Hoven probably points out the most glaring “stat” that highlights Brown’s struggles: the Kings’ captain wasn’t on the ice for the final four minutes of the game.

In that span, the Kings were unable to tie the contest, ultimately losing to the New Jersey Devils 2-1 to push the series to a sixth game.

To give you some context regarding the troubling snub, here are the forwards who played during the final four minutes:

Yup, so nine forwards received at least one shift during the final moments of the game, but Brown wasn’t one of them. I know Lewis received some rave reviews for how hard he played in Game 5, yet it only underlines the fact that Brown didn’t play during the frantic final moments.

We’ll stay tuned for some kind of comment from the team or its captain, yet if this Arash Madani comment is any indication, we’re unlikely to hear much about it.

  1. polegojim - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Dustin who??? Oh……. him. I forgot he was playing.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      That’s some tough coaching. Brown outscored the Canucks. I’d give him a chance play out of it.

      Kovalchuk should be sitting. How can a guy play that soft in the finals? If he’s not having shoulder surgery, it’s inexcusable.

      • polegojim - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        I’d agree, but he’s been ‘skating vacant’ for all 5 games. That’s a SERIOUS funk and now, it’s gone critical with NJ winning two in a row.

        Best remedy? For Brown to make a huge impact in periods 1 and 2, assuring he’ll be on the ice in 3 and OT.

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