Brown leads the way, and others follow
The “three stars” of last night’s game were Dustin Brown, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Quick. No arguments there. Brown and Marleau both had two-goal games and Quick made a handful of very tough saves and once again came through in the shootout. Brown, as noted in last night’s game story, was sharp at both ends of the ice throughout the game, and Terry Murray had strong praise today for Brown’s effort. Murray was also asked, though, for a player he thought might have had a below-the-radar strong game, and Murray mentioned both Trevor Lewis and Oscar Moller. Moller’s play was covered earlier. Lewis had another strong game on the penalty kill — 2:41 of his 13:43 of ice time came in shorthanded situations — and also won 4 of 5 faceoffs. Here’s what Murray said about each player, starting with Brown…
MURRAY: “He was very focused. When you look at his intensity and his strength on the puck last night, it was second to none, as far as I was concerned. As a result of his focus on the game, he’s in the right place at the right time. There were a couple of big plays, obviously, on the goals that were timely. Ponikarovsky comes in on that shift, just as a big body coming at you. He got a stick on it, and just taps it over to Brownie, and then great hands to score on that one. Then the timely goal on the power play, just an excellent play on that one. So he uses his shot, his release, and he’s got an excellent release. At least you’re going to have to make the goaltender make a great save, and if it does hit his pads, then you’re jumping on the loose pucks and the rebounds.
“Trevor Lewis was really good. He had an A-plus game for me. His intensity on the puck, penalty killing especially, was as good as you could possibly want from him. That line, in general, was good, with Cliffy and Richie. They had a lot of speed and tenacity on the puck, and had some good things happening in the offensive zone. At the same time, they were very responsible. Oscar, I thought Oscar played well.”