Another 3-2 loss for the Kings, that’s been a recent theme. They held a 2-1 lead late into the third period, yet Blues forward David Perron found a way to score late and push things to overtime. On the positive side, LA earned a valuable point in the standings.
After the game, Dustin Brown shared the following comments:
On his eight shots on goal tonight
That’s a little surprising. A lot of it was shooting at the goalie on purpose, knowing I can’t score from some of the places that I let the puck go, just trying to give opportunities off the pads. We got a couple good chances like that on the rushes just throwing it off the goalie’s pads. We can do more of it.
On Anze Kopitar tying Dave Taylor for third place on the Kings all-time assist leaderboard
He’s just gonna keep on climbing the longer he plays here. That goal is funny because I picked the pass off on a clearing attempt and I give it to him. We got back to the bench and we both kind of chuckled because as soon as I gave him the puck, we both knew what was gonna happen, the exact same play. That’s the benefit of playing with one guy and clicking with a guy for the last whatever many years we played together. We kind of knew that was gonna happen before it happened.
On the frustrations of losing a game late
Actually, I thought we played a really good game. We had a lot of really good chances, just didn’t find the back of the net as much as we would like. To give a couple goals up late, that’s the hockey game and stuff like that happens. It’s a good lesson for us as a group. Six game winning streak, we squeaked out a couple games where the bounces went our way, it’s a good lesson to learn. You’re gonna have to play a full 60 to get out of this little skid we’re in. A lot of good things we can take from the game, but it is a frustrating loss.
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On he and Anze Kopitar playing the most games together by any active pair in the NHL
It’s one of those things you don’t really think about it until you think about it. I played a year and a half or two years before he did. I remember chipping the puck off the glass in Anaheim in his first game for a goal where he just walked around [Chris] Pronger and danced [Jean-Sebastian] Giguere. Ever since that day, it’s pretty evident that he’s a really good player. I’m just glad I got to play with him for so many of the years.
On the message to the young players after a loss like this
Be ready. That’s another opportunity. We have some good young players playing, and it’s an opportunity every night to make it impact on the game. It’s not necessarily always on the score sheet. We have some guys coming in and making plays, doing really good things out there. It’s just building on your game. If you can find a way to contribute every night, you’ll find yourself in the lineup every night. That’s exactly what we need and what we want. As a guy who’s been here my whole career, I am excited about some of these young guys coming up because it’s gonna make us a really good team.
More postgame comments linked below.
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