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Kings with upper hand? Brown won’t bite

May 25, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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It might be easy for the Los Angeles Kings to feel overly confident after their 4-3 win against Chicago in Game 3 on Saturday night.

When asked about how the team is feeling after the win, however, Kings captain Dustin Brown wasn’t taking the bait when asked if they feel they’ve gained an edge against the Blackhawks as Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider shared.

I think it’s one of those situations where, like I said, we did what we wanted to do tonight,” Brown said. “It’s about continuing on that. I don’t think anybody’s comfortable in this room with a two-one lead against the defending Stanley Cup champs. I mean, they’ve won two out of the last whatever-many years for a reason, and we’ve been in the Western Conference for a reason.”

Brown followed that up later by saying they know what the Blackhawks are capable of and they have to regroup and be prepared for Game 4 on Monday night.

The Kings have shown they can handle the ‘Hawks attack and, like in Game 3, withstand seeing Chicago’s best players stepping up. A shorthanded goal from Jonathan Toews and a late goal from Patrick Sharp helped show what their best players can do.

If L.A. wants to really seize control of the series, defending Staples Center ice will do the trick. That said, it’s doubtful the defending champions will go quietly.

  1. slysipops - May 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    and why wouldn’t the KINGS feel confident? there many times that the HAWKS looked like the keystone cops or a high school team from a real small town trying to keep up with an NHL team. all you fellow HAWK fans would didn’t like me blasting KANE …where did he go ? making a statement about figuring out a way to get himself more open ice didn’t exactly pan out …did it ? i really think his game is more about not getting hit than scoring! and why not i guess………….. he’ll get paid anyway ( oh wait ,the playoffs are a freebee), aha , could this be it ?

    • slysipops - May 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      who instead of would ( 3rd sentence ) ……………….. NO GUTS …..NO GLORY….. as SAM ELLIOT would say !

    • patthehockeyfan - May 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      At the risk, sly, of being accused of talking to ourselves, it’s possible that the Kings aren’t or won’t feel confident because the Hawks outplayed them in about 6 or 7 of the last 9 periods. Yes, of course, the final score is the deciding factor; but, frankly, last night’s game could have gone either way – a lucky bounce here, one goal past Quick there, fewer penalties, etc.

      The Kings have 4 strong lines. Sutter preaches tight contol on a defensive game; yet, the defense is stepping up offensively in a way not normally seen.

      The Kings are shutting down Chicago’s top scorers (except Toews). It’s only a matter of time before the Hawks adjust. As a Kings’ fan, I hope they don’t; but, while I’m happy the Kings are up 2 – 1, there’s a lot of hockey to be played.

      Finally, this is an enjoyable series in that these two teams are concentrating on playing good, hard hockey, unlike the soap opera unfolding in the ECFs. One half wants to say to NY and Montreal, “Just shut up and play.”

    • blomfeld - May 26, 2014 at 12:10 AM


      answer: well how about deliver a message to our friend Slysipops eh ? :)

      Sly … please ‘stand down’ from your consternation friend as this ‘S’ could turn on a dime, for better or for worse … you know that and so do I … anyway, whatever the eventual outcome, I will remain your ‘electronic’ friend regardless … comrade Blomfeld :)

  2. 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Brown’s not a biter. That’s more Burrows’ thing.

    • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      hartnell likes human kababs as well.

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