May 19 practice quotes: Dustin Brown - LA Kings Insider

On returning to Los Angeles between Games 3 and 4:
“With two games in between, yeah, I mean it’s only an hour flight. It’s not a hard flight. It’s quick. No time zone change, so being able to be in our own facility I think is good for us.”

On the way Game 3 ended:
“Calls were made. I don’t think any team’s happy with calls, but it’s our job to get it killed. We did a really good job on the five-on-three and then they find a way to get a point blank shot on Quickie. So it’s a matter of cleaning it up.”

On how the team will avoid dwelling on the way Game 3 ended:
“It’s just moving forward. Very similar to Games 1 and 2 in St. Louis. It’s just a matter of regrouping and [picking] up our game because we need to be better.”

On allowing a surplus of shots and facing a team that plays a strong possession game:
“I think generally they have one of the higher shots-per-game as a team. I think that Thornton really controls the puck well. That’s probably a lot of their zone time. We’ve got to find a way to limit his time and space up there. He’s big, and protects the puck and he’s really good on the offensive side of the puck. I think a key to that is when he’s on the ice, we get in his zone and make him play D.”

On any intangibles that have limited the team’s road success:
“We’ve got to score more than one goal. I mean, Quickie’s a great goalie, but at the end of the day we need to score more than one goal for him. We haven’t done that, and I think we’ve only scored one goal three times out of four away games.”

On where improvement can take place:
“Again, it’s holding on to pucks in the offensive zone. When we’re really good as a team, it’s because we have a lot off O-zone time, cycle time. Right now, especially Thornton’s line is doing that to us. It’s a matter of making them play D. There’s a lot of little areas along the walls we can be better. Cleaner passes, just all over.”

On matching up heavily against the Couture line:
“No, it’s either Thornton or Couture we’re getting. It depends on – I don’t want to say match-up, because we played against both of them – but it’s just how the flow of the game goes.”

On whether there’s any different approach against the Thornton line or the Couture line:
“I think they’re two different lines. With Burns and Galiardi and Thornton, they’re a bigger line, and then you’ve got Couture’s line, more of a speed line, but they’re both dangerous in different ways.”

On the two days between games and whether he prefers to play every other day:
“I think guys get used to playing every other day, so it’s a matter of taking advantage of this day and doing what you need to do to get yourself ready.”

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