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Video: Dustin Brown at center of growing rivalry between Kings and Canucks

Jan 14, 2014, 2:18 AM EST

Dustin Brown was involved right from the opening drop of the puck Monday night.

The L.A. Kings’ captain and U.S. Olympian destined for Sochi was fighting, hitting and, most importantly for he and his teammates, scoring in a hotly contested 1-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

Brown’s goal at the 24-second mark of the third period – after a broken play on a three-on-one rush for L.A. – stood up as the winner.

But what made him the focal point of the Canucks’ nastiness Monday was a collision between him and Roberto Luongo nine days ago that resulted in Vancouver’s No. 1 puck stopper suffering an ankle injury.

Luongo is traveling with the Canucks on this current three-game trip, so a return for him seems near.

But that wasn’t the point for the Canucks. They were intent on sending a message, and feel strongly they did just that.

Everything that happened with Roberto last game, he knew from the opening puck drop he (Brown) had to fight someone. A lot of guys stuck up for each other. That was a big statement by our team,” Ryan Kesler told Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.

Kesler ended up fighting Brown, his U.S. Olympic hockey teammate for Sochi, in the second period.

In the first, Zack Kassian was given a penalty for bringing down Brown after Kassian got his stick caught up between Brown’s legs as they were jousting off the opening faceoff.

All of that didn’t seem to faze Brown at all. Not by the way he ultimately put the Canucks away.

After that, the visitors failed on two different power play chances, and have now gone 0-3-1 against the Kings this season. The rivalry has been rather one-sided.

“I mean it’s no different than any other game. Tonight was because they were upset about what happened with Luongo,” Brown said afterward, as per Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Way to go, Brownie! That’s our captain!!

    Brown was pushed into Luongo in that earlier game. That was mentioned in an earlier article; but, not here.

    Kesler can make all the “big statement”s he wants. The Kings made a bigger statement.

    GKG!!!!

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Great captain indeed. He knew the Nucks were going to to after him, and when he chose to fight it was against their top player, not some 2 bit 4th liner. Brillant! And to top it off he scores the lone goal of the game.

  2. runhigh24 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    If the Canucks think they are going to deter Dustin Brown from chippy play by turning an entire hockey game into the movie Slapshot they are sadly mistaken. Games like this are probably right up his alley.

    • steverolley - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Brown never fights, and the one time he did he got punched out by Ryan Kessler… so maybe he’s the guy who hid on the bench in Slapshot?

      Can’t wait to see his striptease to win the cup

  3. jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    The Canucks are so proud of themselves, huh…didn’t they lose?

    • cambannedloinstache - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      It’s an 82 game season and the Canucks are most probably locked in their playoff spot. LA has played goons in each of these prior matchups and this was a statement game for the canucks. I would rather my team play well and play lose 1-0 than turtle, dive and spend all game hiding which is exactly what the Kings did.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      The Kings got half the first period on the power play and couldn’t score. The rest of the game they ran and hid, and didn’t back each other up. It’ll be a short series if the Canucks can knock out Doughty. Quick won 1-0, but I’d be concerned about last night if I were a Kings fan.

  4. steverolley - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Brown fought Kessler because he thought he would have a chance and got jersey pulled.

    Kessler is not a fighter, is not very tough, and Brown chose him to fight….. and got rocked. I mean when Ryan Kessler has your Jersey over your head and is punching you in the face you must feel so weak and pathetic.

  5. slysipops - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    MAYBE DUSTIN WAS INSPIRED BY PAUL ?…………………

    • cofran2004 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      I appreciate the attempts, but blomfeld does this ten times better than you, sly. Good effort though.

      • slysipops - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, cofran……the sly ! lol!

  6. therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    So it took about 3 years for the Nucks to finally grow a pair. And they still lose ? May be better off going back to letting the Sedin’s be punching bags to a sawed-off runt.

  7. tdaveniii - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I’m worried about Brown becoming a serious liability in Olympic hockey where the refs are less inclined to tolerate his play, which many Kings fan concede crosses the line.

  8. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    He’s cheap, he’s a good hockey player but he needs to learn where to draw the line.

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