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Brown becomes second American captain to win Stanley Cup

Jun 11, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has become the second American — the first since Dallas’ Derian Hatcher in 1999 — to lead his team to the Stanley Cup.

And he got there the hard way.

The New Jersey Devils did a great job of limiting Brown’s offensive contributions through the first five games of the Cup finals. However, when the Kings got a big five-minute power-play in the first period of Game 6, Brown stepped up.

He buried the all-important first goal of the contest and went on to record three points to help L.A. bring home Lord Stanley’s mug for the first time in franchise history.

Brown was outstanding for the Kings throughout the postseason. Even after his mini-drought in the early portion of the finals, Brown ended up with 20 points in 20 playoff games.

That would be impressive for anyone, but it’s particularly remarkable for Brown. He’s an above-average contributor, but he’s not typically a league leader in any offensive statistical category.

Still, he’s a guy that any team would love to have. He’s a top-notch physical presence and a team leader.

After the game, he spoke with NBC’s Pierre McGuire about the historical win and how the Kings were able to regain their composure after losing Games 4 and 5.

“We calmed down after losing two, first time we did it all playoffs,” he explained. “We focused in, played calm and got off to a good start.”

A good start indeed — courtesy the captain.

  1. blomfeld - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    GO BROWNIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and never forget friend, that they’re just jealous ! :)

  2. murtdurt - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    There wasnt a post last year for zdeno? Nor was there one for towes or Crosby? Why is this news PHT? Americans need to grab any glory they can I guess. Next story

    • zaksyuk - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      why u mad? maybe because THIS IS AN AMERICAN HOCKEY WEBSITE. A DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR USA USA USA !

      • murtdurt - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:32 AM

        Well done sir, spoken like a true ignorant american. How’d the olympics work out for ya??

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Sounds like you’re pissed because the only thing Canada is known for is now the American’s game. Vancouver lost last year’s final and you idiots burned the town down. Talk about ignorant yahoos, I guess you’re an expert there. No issues in either L.A. or N.J. after this year’s final.

      L.A. 1984 Olympics turned around the entire games. No one wanted to bid on them anymore and the Americans showed the world how to stage them and make money from them. Last Olympics I saw in Canada got a luger killed.

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Oh I forgot, murtdurtbag, that winning the Olympics is all you got left. Too bad most of your best players are employed in real life in the U.S….

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