Postgame antics didn't affect Brown - LA Kings Insider

The story of the Phoenix Coyotes’ antics after Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals has been well-chronicled and is growing stale, but it’s certainly worth noting that and the Toronto Star have reported that the NHL is looking into the Coyotes’ actions and comments, with the possibility of fines and/or suspensions for some players. Immediately after the series-clinching goalie, Mike Smith attempted to slash Mike Richards, then skated toward officials with his stick in the air and later tossed his stick in the direction of officials, while Shane Doan berated the officials in a postgame interview and Keith Yandle accused referees of “playing for’’ the Kings. Dean Lombardi pointed out to the L.A. Times that the Coyotes’ on-ice antics had incited the crowd to throw trash and bottles on the ice. Dustin Brown also had harsh words directed toward him in the postgame handshake line, primarily from Doan and Martin Hanzal. Brown was asked today about his reaction to that scene and whether it impacted him at all.

BROWN: “I guess I was a bit surprised. I know it’s an emotional game and (the loss) just happened. You give them the benefit of the doubt. But I was a little surprised at the time. Did it affect me after the game? No. I play the game hard, and I thought it was a clean hit and that’s it. I’m moving on. Again, it happened so quick for them, so I like to give them the benefit of the doubt on the emotional level. It’s an emotional game out there, and stuff happens.’’

On a lighter note, it seemed fitting that while Brown spoke to the media today, a group of kids were happily, noisily, preparing to play a game in an adjacent locker room. The little kids were in one room, and the big kids were in another, probably all dreaming about the same ultimate goal. Brown and his wife, Nicole, have three children — Jake (4 years old), Mason (3) and Cooper (1) — and Brown is enjoying the ability to share this playoff run with family.

BROWN: “My two older sons, especially the oldest, Jake — probably the best way to explain it is, after we eliminated Phoenix, I said, `We beat Phoenix last night. Do you know what that means?’ He said, `Yeah, you get to play for the Cup.’ So, that was pretty cool. … The 3-year-old knows. You have to explain (to him) a little bit more. He just liked that we were playing the Phoenix Coyotes, for some reason.’’

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.