Post-Game 5: Dustin Brown on effort and Matt Greene’s play

Comments from Kings captain Dustin Brown following LA’s 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night…

On if the Kings played with the effort they wanted:

“Definitely a step in the right direction.The’res still room to improve as a group, as a team. But that was a solid effort. But it’s about getting better at this time of the year, each and every game.”

On the line changes:

“I think we had them pretty much the whole game. There’s different scenarios with the power play. When you get Kopi (Anze Kopitar) playing with Rick (Mike Richards) and Carts (Jeff Carter), you have to mix it up after that power play, because you got guys from different lines. But for the most part we had same lines.”

On winning 13 straight games at home:

“It’s a mentality, it’s an attitude  Certain teams have it. We haven’t had it here ever since I’ve been here. This is the first year we’ve really had that home mentality. If you look at our record last year, our record the last few years, we’ve been road warriors and that’s been a big part of our success. Just the year, we’ve really buckled down at home and took care of our building. The fans filling the building obviously is a part of that, feed off their energy, and now we have to find a way to do it on the road.”

On what the Kings did to develop their home record:

“Sometimes you get a little too fancy at home. It’s about simplifying your game, and doing the little things that you do on the road. Sometimes you want to run and gun at home, and score goals. For us as a team, to be successful, we have to play a certain way. Sometimes it’s not exciting but it gets the job done.”

On knowing that they can close the series on the road:

“Right now it’s one game. We’re going up to San jose to win. They have a tough building, but it’s about the guys in this room to do whats necessary to win the game. Show them that we can over the years, win on the road, and we have an opportunity to move on and that’s motivating enough to get yourself ready.”

On the Kings starting off strong in the first period:

“It’s about being prepared, individually and collectively. We’ve been talking about having a good start and at some point you need to buckle down and do it. Tonight we did better, we have to build on it.”

On having more speed in his game and how it helped tonight:

“You get the line combos switched up and it just gives players a different look, a different feel. I thought all lines were pretty good. I felt like my line, with Lewie (Trevor Lewis) and Kinger (Dwight King), we got on the fore check pretty good, on the third line. They had a lot more icing, I don’t know the number, but that’s pretty indicative of having them in their zone.”

On having a lot of puck possession is essential to winning:

“Well it’s going to be important in the next game, that’s for sure. Being physical, again, it’s hard being physical. Putting the puck in the play on the fore check where we can get it back, and moving the puck quickly in our zone. I thought tonight we did a really good job, our D did a really good job of moving the puck very quickly. That’s hard to fore check when we’re moving that quick. You didn’t see them stop the puck as much, and that was all our D working back and our wingers getting back and getting available for each other and supporting each other.”

On Matt Greene being back in the lineup:

“He’s a big lift. I think Greener is one of those guys, very much like Scuds (Rob Scuderi). I think the only time you really notice Greener, and this is a compliment, is when he is making the big hits. And he had a lot of those. But otherwise he’s one of those undercover guys, battles hard. Like I said, I always say this about Greener, I love him we traded for him because I hated playing against him. He’s one of those guys that’s a big part of our team both physically and mentally.”

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