Post-Game 2: Comments from Kings captain Dustin Brown

Following the Kings’ come-from-behind win over the visiting San Jose Sharks in Game 2, here’s what LA captain Dustin Brown had to share…

– On not wanting to get ahead of yourselves with a 2-0 lead in the series:

“We’re all well aware of that, and what we did but we’re also well aware of what we did last year and going three up, up three nothing and how that changes the series, the mentality of both teams. It’s a matter again of preparing, their a good home team, one of the best records in the west, at home. It’s up to us to prepare and we still have yet to play 60 minutes. We jumbled the lines right now because myself, and my whole line, pretty much, has not played to where we need to be for our team to be successful. We’ve found ways to win, and that’s you know the character of the team, and depth we have, to be able to pick up our guys.”

– On why the Kings haven’t played a full 60 minute game:

“It’s hard to play, I mean Rick’s [Mike Richards] line is playing great, our young guys, our third and fourth lines, again you need everyone playing. I mean that’s part of our success last year when we had those three-nothing leads in every series and it’s because we had all four lines rolling and it might have seemed easy and it wasn’t, but we had everyone going. It’s a matter of my line figuring it out, and figuring it out quick.”

– On the play of Tyler Toffoli:

“I think that’s part of the “What makes this team good” is we have depth, we have the experience together so when a young guy steps into the line up he blends right in with the rest of our group. I thought he stepped in and played great, especially in the third period, he ended up getting some power play time and he took advantage of it, which is again, when you see a guy like Stolly going out “Toff” probably gets a little bit more ice time and he took it by the horns.”

– On the any lift the Kings get from going up 2-0 in the series instead of being tied 1-1:

“It’s a game of momentum, every series is probably a little more dramatic but very similar to Game 4 against St. Louis where we get two third period goals back to back, again it’s about capitalizing on that momentum and we’re going into their barn, they’re going to be re-energized and ready to go, so it’s a matter of trying to use momentum from tonight at the end, in Game 3.”

– On if he agrees that the Kings were tentative at taking shots throughout the night, holding on to too many pucks, allowing shots to the opposition, etc.:

“I think we started pouring on more shots on the Power Play at the end, we got a lot of shots but I still think we’re not getting enough shots and that’s a matter of, you look at the power play goal the last one, we need more of that, just throwing it off the weak pad and we get some of that five-on-five just gives us more offensive zone time and more pressure and the other thing we’ve got to get it through. Forwards, D, I don’t know how many blocked shots they have but it’s finding a way to get through.”

– On the Kings continuing to find another level in the playoffs:

“We better if we want to make it to the next round and again that’s about finding our game. I mean we got some guys playing at a high level, it’s a matter of everyone playing at a high level.”

– On playing in San Jose:

“It’s tough in the regular season, I think two years we went up there and found a way to win two games, but that’s irrelevant this year and I think they have one of the best home records in the league so, we took care of business at home now it’s a matter of preparing to give ourselves a chance to win in their building.”

– On if the Kings have an extra gear when chasing a game:

“I think we play, when we’re down, I think we play the same game but there’s maybe a little more urgency and again we need that urgency before we get down. We’ve come back in the third period a few times this year, it’s you got to start putting yourselves in better positions.”

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  1. Would be nice if they continued to pressure and dominate when they’re up instead of doing it when they’re down