A day later, Dustin Brown’s massive Game 3 hit on Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin continued to be a major topic of discussion. Sedin had to leave the game, and the bench, for a couple minutes of game action in the second period, but returned. Today, Darryl Sutter was asked whether he got a look at the hit, and whether he thought it was a momentum-changer in the game. Sutter said, “I saw it live and in Technicolor. It was good on both.’’ For those who might not have seen the hit, here it is in, uh, Technicolor…

Asked today about the hit, and his respect for Sedin, Brown said he admired Sedin’s toughness…

BROWN: “I got a big hit on him, a hard hit, and he stayed in the game. When you talk about the Sedins, you think about their skill and how good offensively they are. At the end of the day, they’re still hockey players and have that inner drive to want to be a difference-maker. He came back, and it was probably a huge lift for them when he comes back out of the dressing room.’’

Speaking of a huge lift, that’s what Brown has brought to the Kings in this first-round series and, really, since shortly before the trade deadline. Upon his arrival, Sutter repeatedly spoke about Brown needing to go back to his hard, “straight-line” game. In the Kings’ final 21 regular-season games, Brown totaled eight goals and 15 assists, and he totaled four goals and one assist in the first three games of this series.

BROWN: “Hockey is a funny game. It’s ups and downs, confidence. It’s just getting into a rhythm when you’re feeling good. I’ve been just really focusing on keeping my game probably a little more simple than I did early in the season. When you do that, good things start to happen.’’

Question: Hearing your name come up in trade discussions and such, did that motivate you at all to prove people wrong?

BROWN: “You’ve always got to look at yourself in the mirror, as an athlete. Given the type of year we had, as a team and individually, I think a lot of guys started to realize that we needed to be better, both individually and as a team. We’ve had a lot of players step up at big times.”

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