Dustin Brown – ‘We don’t need any extra motivation’

After the Kings held about a one hour practice earlier today, here’s what captain Dustin Brown had to share…

On being extra motivated after the way Game 3 ended:

“I think this team, we don’t need any extra motivation. We’re a pretty focused group and determined group. It’s a matter for just regrouping throughout the last game. The’res nothing we can do about it now and we just get ready to go for Game 4.”

On if the game plan is ‘business as usual’:

“Yeah, I  mean, that’s what part of what makes us successful as a team. Whether it’s post season or regular season, through the highs and lows we kind of just go about our business and getting ourselves prepared is even more important going into Game 4 in their building.”

On how the Sharks’ will play knowing they can tie the series:

“Yeah, it’s an opportunity for both teams to get momentum. We can put our hold on the series if we win it and they can get back even. So, we’ve been in their situation, we know what they’re thinking and we’ve also been in the situation here.”

On playing more physical:

“The game at this time is always going to be physical. So it’s a matter of having the killer instinct. I think we could be a lot more physical.”

On being nominated for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award:

“It’s one of those things that it’s nice to be recognized for something like that. Especially the Messier award, that’s a really important award. To be among Toews (Jonathan Toews) and Alfredsson (Daniel Alfredsson) obviously is an honor… It’s not something you go out and look for I guess, in a way, if you know what I mean. So, like I said, to be among Toews and Alfredsson in that group is special.”

On if he had any advice for Tanner Pearson just before or just after his debut:

“For him, before the game, it was just about having fun. I know it’s a huge game and getting thrown in the hot water. But at the end of the day, it’s a big moment for him and I just want him to enjoy it.”

On coming home between Game 3 and 4:

“I like it, with an extra day it’s nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and practice at our facilities  Not having to sleep in hotels and get up on the bus and all that. I liked it. (Reporter: “More comfortable?”)..”Yeah, I mean the flights 50 minutes so with that, if it’s any longer than that maybe it’s a different story but with a short flight it makes it possible.”

On if coming home is more restful:

“Not only that, but the days drag on. you have  lot of time, right? When you stay over two days, there’s a lot of time in between. For me personally the last two days have gone pretty quick. I also have 3 kids, though. But I think everyone probably preferred to come home.”

On if he has ever met Mark Messier:

“I’ve run into him a few times at the Olympics  at the NHL awards. I’ve spoken to him a few times here and there. (Reporter: “Intense guy?”)…” I’m sure he’s a little more laid back than he was when he played. Grainger trained him in Vancouver and you hear stories, growing up you watch him too. Now he’s a little more laid back, at least when I was talking to him.”

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  1. Who’s dumb enough to ask him twice about the Mark Messier award?

    Seriously, do some of these so-called journalists just not use their brain?


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