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Dustin Brown a quiet leader for Kings

Jun 11, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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He scored the goal that may have broken the New York Rangers.

Dustin Brown gave the L.A. Kings a win in Game 2 with the goal in double overtime, pushing the team he captains to within two wins of the Stanley Cup.

The series shifted back to New York, and, after a win in Game 3, the Kings can clinch the silver chalice on Wednesday. If L.A. wins this series, it will mark the second time in three years Brown will lift the Stanley Cup. The Kings have four players at the top of scoring in the post-season, and Brown isn’t one of them.

That said, the 29-year-old hard-hitting winger does have five goals and 13 points. But he’s been used on the penalty kill and power play, and leads the team in hits with 118, a total of 28 ahead of his next closest teammate. He’s been able to contribute in many different areas, even after a slow start to the post-season for both player and team – Brown had zero points in L.A.’s first three playoff games, which were all losses to the San Jose Sharks.

“I think both playoff runs, playoff games you see what Dustin Brown is all about, the physicality, his attitude. He can make plays. He can be on the power play, penalty kill,” Kings forward Jarret Stoll told reporters.

“Sometimes he’s a quiet guy, but he leads by example, he leads on the ice, which is probably the most important part of leading anybody, any team.

“Yeah, he does a lot for our team. He sets the tone in any game he plays, whether it’s physically or making a play or scoring a big goal, he can do all those things.”

  1. dannymac17 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    The way these Kings talk about each other is heads and shoulders above the rest. They are a team, a team that has one mission.

    They are fired up right now. The Rangers are a wounded animal.

  2. cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    I’m surprised there is no mention to the fact that Dustin Brown is “the dirtiest player in the league.”

    • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      You often need “dirty” agitating type players to win the Stanley Cup:

      Dave Bolland (Chicago)
      Brad Marchand (Boston)
      Dustin Brown (LA)
      Claude Lemieux (New Jersey)
      Esa Tikkanen (Edmonton and New York)
      Matt Cooke (Penguins)

      The list goes on and on.

      Other teams hate these types of players but they help you win playoff hockey where playing on the edge often supersedes finesse and skill.

      • avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Lemieux also won with MTL and Colorado. 3 cups (2 back to back)! Gotta have the agitators!

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      The thing is, though, that I don’t believe that Brown is a dirty player. He has made mistakes and deserved a suspension at times but I don’t think he is malevolent, I was playing on the comments that a Dustin Brown article usually gets.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        You, and when San Jose was still in the playoffs, sjsharks66. The most common phrase was: DB is a DB.

        Which he is not. He is this team’s leader. One of many; yet, he wears the C. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

        Go, Brownie! GKG!!!

    • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      Just to follow up, these types of players draw penalties and get other teams best players off their game.

      Heck even finesse teams like Detroit had Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby.

      Do these types of guys occasionally cross the line with their antics and/or borderline hits? Sure. But when their respective fan bases are celebrating Stanley Cups, I don’t think anyone minds.

      Just take a look at what some of those players have done to a contending Canucks team over the years:

      ^Each of those teams won the Stanley Cup^

      • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:03 AM

        cybernetikghost (Cassandra) is so insecure she proceeded to thumbs down each of my posts (and blomfeld’s redundant one) 13-14 TIMES while thumbs upping her own two posts 13-14 times.

        Weak. 👎

      • sheapuck - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

        Of course fans love them on their team and hate them when they are on the other side. Just look at what happened with Prust this year. So many Rangers fans commenting that they use to love the guy when he was with them but now that he hurt one of the players in the jersey we like he is the lowest slime on earth. It’s funny because his style of play didn’t change any. Just the jersey he was wearing.

      • pirovash88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Nah, i actually gave you a thumbs down Canucks30..

      • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        Or maybe you are just so full if yourself that you think that the only way you could get a thumbs down would be if it were some sort of personal attack on you. I don’t thumbs up my own thoughts and I only thumbs down ones that I feel don’t make valid arguments. You earned your dislike from far more people than me.

    • avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      He’s not even close to that. Would you compare him to Matt Cooke?

  3. canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    The Canucks should draft Jake Virtanen with the 6th overall pick in the draft this year.

    He reminds me of a young Dustin Brown:

    Right shooting right winger with a similar body type and also plays a power forward game.

    As an added bonus, he’s from Abbotsford, BC.

    • pfhockey - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      He reminds me of a mini Corey Perry.

  4. blomfeld - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    BROWN = PERSONAL SACRIFICE !

    God speed to our wonderful captain and may the Goddess of Victory smile upon us tomorrow !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What can Brown do for you ? :)

  5. micklethepickle - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Brown is a quiet leader because he prefers letting his cheap shots do the talking, rather than talking with that ridiculous lisp.

    • seitz26 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Hey, look everyone, Sean Avery showed up. Care to make fun of Brown’s wife while you’re at it?

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Kinda the typical Dustin Brown rant that I referred to.

      The best to ever do it, the best that ever did it, Brown is better than your favorite captain, admit it,

      • notan9ner - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        kings fans?

        never heard of those before 2 years ago

      • cybernetikghost - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Never heard of me? You didn’t listen hard enough. Been moving weight on the block like a garbage truck.

  6. djshnooks - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Dustin Brown is FAR from dirty. He is the epitome of a great leader and captain. He does everything his team needs him to do. He’s not afraid to bust skulls, including his own…for the betterment of his team.

    That’s someone anyone would want on their hockey team, or their favorite team…and I’m proud to call him a local boy. He is the pride of Ithaca, NY, and he has made all of Upstate, NY, proud of him! I would give anything to have him in Buffalo…and honestly, if given the chance…I would build my team around 3 local boys, whom I think are the best at what they do in the entire game…Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan and Patrick Kane. (Ithaca, Rochester, Buffalo…they’d be called the “NYS Thruway Trio!” Lmao.)

    That place in Minnesota can have the title of “HockeyTown USA,” but we’re gunning for the title of “Hockey Region USA!”

    (Especially with the HarborCenter looking like it will become the headquarters for everything USA Hockey within due time.)

    Dustin Brown is exactly why I’m rooting for the LA Kings to win the cup.

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