Dustin Brown was certainly effective on Tuesday night. He chipped in with two goals, including his fifth of the season on the power play. He also leads the LA Kings with six goals after 12 games.
Ultimately, LA’s matchup with San Jose ended in a shootout, as the Sharks skated away with a 4-3 victory.
After things were all over, here’s what Brown had to share:
On if the second and third periods were the best two periods his line has played this season
Probably the most amount of time we spent offensive zone. I think we supported each other and we had good puck protection, a lot of possession in their zone, so as a result we tire them down and get chances. It was a good game after the first, which, our whole team did show up in the first.
On the growth and development of Alex Iafallo over the past few seasons
When he came in, he got put with me and [Anze Kopitar] right away because he made solid, he was a very solid, responsible player. I think every year he gains experience; he’s adding a little bit more to his game on offensive side and I think that’s starting to show through this year.
On what he saw on his powerplay goal tonight
Once we got set up, they’re really good on the on the break-ins, we had to really work to get the puck settled out. On that particular power play, we were moving the puck, when our passing is well, we have a pretty good power play, and we had them scrambling a little bit, and I got left open at the front of net for a rebound. I just kind of chipped it and found the back of the net.
On Gabe Vilardi’s game tonight, and the little things he does well
I think that’s a challenge for all young players, understanding on nights when you’re not on your offensive game how much more of the game you have to play at this level. He made a big play in overtime to save a goal. Quite honestly, he probably should have won the game for us. He made a great move, and I think [Martin Jones, Sharks goalie] made – you just got to tip your hat to Joner on the save. Gabe could have been a hero both ways.
On the team’s slow starts to games this season
I mean, goals are gonna be given up. Tonight was a different feel for at least for me. It’s one thing if you give up the first goal, but we just didn’t play. We had four shots on goal. They forechecked us, we didn’t forecheck them, but I don’t have an answer why that is, it’s something we need to address and address it quickly because we don’t have the runway that we normally do to stay around, you have to start collecting points.
On the mood at the morning skate this morning heading into the game
It was good. That’s the flip side of it, we don’t have enough runway to sit here and pout, we have to move on every game whether it’s a win or loss, whether it’s a really ugly loss or a great win, you have to put it away and focus on the next game, there’s just not enough games. It’s like a lockout year, you don’t have time to dwell on what just happened, it was the same thing tonight, it was a bad first period, we got to address it tomorrow and move on, because we play again the same team, we have to beat them next time.
On if this team is better than its record of three wins in 12 games
I’m trying to remember the games, the season’s going by so quick. You start the season off blowing two three-one leads at home. I think the one exception, maybe the two exceptions where we haven’t been a competitive team is the Anaheim game at home, which is unacceptable. We did a lot of good things in the first game against Vegas, but the score is a score, five-nothing going to the third. It’s a learning process, we have to start. It’s just little a lot of little plays, if you look at a lot of our games it’s mis-coverage in our D-zone, or simple, not simple, but mistakes we’re making one-on-one that are, at this level, are gonna end up in our net against good teams. We gotta just keep trying to get better.
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