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.”
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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