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Brown: 0-3 hole ‘the most dire situation we’ve been in’

Apr 24, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings trail 0-3 in a playoff series for the first time in 14 years, which probably explains why captain Dustin Brown — who debuted for L.A. in 2003 — is calling this his toughest time as a King.

“This is probably the most dire situation we’ve been in,” Brown said, per Mayors’ Manor. “It’s not only a test, but a learning experience.”

L.A. heads into Staples tonight on the verge of elimination to San Jose, a similar circumstance to the opening round of the 2000 playoffs, in which the Kings were down three games to none to the Red Wings — before eventually getting swept in Game 4.

To avoid a similar fate, the Kings are hoping the captain can provide a spark.

Brown will be moved to the club’s top line alongside Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, head coach Darryl Sutter confirmed, and the hope is that Brown can provide a more physical element when matched up against San Jose’s red-hot first unit of Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl, which has combined to score nine points in the first three games.

“We’ve had trouble with the size of Burns and Thornton, quite honestly,” Sutter said, per CSN Bay Area.

Tonight will also provide Brown the opportunity to make amends for what’s been a forgettable season.

The 29-year-old scored just 27 points this season — his lowest total since notching five in 31 games as a rookie — and saw his ice time plummet to 16:50 per night. Through the first three playoff games, Brown hasn’t been much better. He’s scoreless against the Sharks thus far and his most notable scoresheet contribution came during a 7-2 loss in Game 2, when he racked up 12 penalty minutes.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM


    • btlpper68 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Well if brown does anything questionable to hertl, won’t have to wait long for a response with thronton and burns on the ice

      • skr213 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        uhh, yeah, Zen Joe – the well known enforcer? Burns will do something, but Big Joe is pretty tame. The one fight I remember from him was a stupid little staged thing with Getzlaf that was the biggest joke of a fight ever.

    • btlpper68 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      GKG!! Go kings golf!!

  2. thesportsjudge - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    NOW I see why he is the captain. Captain Obvious!

    • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Some lead by example on the ice, and others are leaders in the room. Brown leads with knee-on-knee hits on rookies. Even with that, Hertl has made way more of an impact in this series.

      • pirovash88 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Sort of like Sheppard’s knee on Williams.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Hey, cut him some slack here. Sensing that being down 0-3 might be dire is NOT an easy thing to calculate.

  3. vfbonefeed - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

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  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    So Brown moves up to the first line because they cant handle the size of Jumbo and Burns? Brown better not pull his BS against the Sharks first line just because his team hasn’t won a game. Any questionable hit on one of the Sharks stars from this turd and I expect someone to make him pay for it.

    Maybe I am just paranoid? Or maybe just looking into his past incidents to “spark” his team.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Maybe both?

      I joking with you, sharks. I know how you feel about DB.

      Tonight’s game is going to be a real bruiser. The overused expression, “These teams don’t like each other,” is apropos here.

      Deep breaths. It’s only the Cup.

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        *I’m joking.

  5. sanjosecupcrazy - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    BOHICA, LOS ANGELES! Bend over, here is comes AGAIN!

  6. btlpper68 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Well if brown does anything questionable to hertl, won’t have to wait long for a response with thronton and burns on the ice

  7. bildomac07 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I’m sorry but the words “Brown” and “hole” are just way too close together for me in this title haha.

  8. chitown26 - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I’m worried the Kings are going to come out and try to take out as many Sharks as they can tonight on their way to being swept.

    I think the Kings can win a game, but I’m not sure this is going to be that game. Sharks sweep tonight.

  9. bigstick13 - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Putting one of their worst players on the top line I’m okay with that. Let’s just hope he doesn’t hurt too many of our players.

  10. hookersdontsnuggle - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Better luck next year, Kings. JK I don’t mean that.

  11. pantherpro - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    I hate LA!

    Randy ?

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