Kings captain Dustin Brown had a season high 12 hits tonight vs. the Wild, to go along with five shots on goal.
After the game, he shared the following…
On his 12 hits in the game – “We need more intensity in our game and part of that is physical, I guess. But, I don’t look at the stat sheets. The opportunities were there. Everyone is questioning my hit totals this year – whether it’s the rules, and maybe that’s part of it. But, I’m not going to run out of (my) way to get hits. Tonight the hits were there. Some nights there’s not a lot of opportunity out there the way the game is played nowadays.”
On seeing Anze Kopitar laying on the ice – “It’s always scary when you see a player go down, regardless of if he’s your best player. When you see a teammate go into the boards like that you just hope for the best. We have to find a way to capitalize when we have a five minute power play, or three-and-a-half minutes, whatever it was.”
On the overall game – “They got a quick early goal and I turned the puck over on the second one. I just couldn’t make a strong play and then it was in our net and it was 2-0. It’s a tough team to play against when you are down 2-0. I don’t know exactly what happened on the first but I couldn’t make that play on the second. Look at our shot pool: in 40-whatever shots we got two goals. We have to find ways to score goals. I give Hackett credit, he made some pretty big saves.”
On the improvements need – “We have to get around the net more. I thought tonight was better than it has been in the past. We have to just get to the net and find ways to get pucks through. We have to be stronger in front of the net, we have a couple guys that are there consistently but we need more guys going. That’s going to help us score goals.”
Brown came on MayorsManor the other day and explained why his hit totals are down 24% for the season (link here)
More to come.
Comments from Trent Hunter and Anze Kopitar are already up on the homepage…and coach Murray’s remarks from his postgame presser can be found here.