May 25 practice quotes: Dustin Brown - LA Kings Insider

On the reasons the team hasn’t been as successful on the road in the playoffs as last year:
“We haven’t scored on the road. You bump our goal total up. St. Louis, right? First two games we scored one. So, same up there. That’s the difference. We’ve got to find a way to score goals on the road, and again, I think that’s about preparation and doing the right things. San Jose has a really hard building to play in, but that’s not to say that we can’t do what we need to do to get more goals, and that’s just about commitment, getting to the net, getting more pucks to the net. At the end of the day, it’s about your will this time of the year.”

On playing in noisy buildings:
“It’s just…one of those things where it’s a mentality going in there as a group of guys. You’ve got to be prepared to do the really hard part things. Very much like we play at home, we’re hard to play against. We’re physical. We’re quick on pucks. When you go into a building like San Jose, you have to be willing to be quicker than they are, to be more physical. Sometimes being more physical is being able to take a hit to get a puck out and relieve pressure for 10, 15 seconds. Again, that’s just a commitment to do those things.”

On whether he tells himself that “they’re cheering for me”:
“No. It’s pretty evident who they’re cheering for. At the end of the day, when you have an atmosphere like we have – San Jose’s building is clearly electric as well – as a player, regardless of what side it is, that’s the type of crowd you want to play in front of. It’s just a fun game…they have a good atmosphere up there. It’s hard to play there, but it’s also fun to play there. It’s the type of environment you want to play in this time of year.”

On his favorite environments around the league:
“It’s such a different feel this time of year as opposed to regular season. It’s just there’s not as much energy in every building, but for playoffs, Vancouver was a really good one. San Jose is right up there.”

On any added focus or conviction when faced with the possibility of closing out a series:
“Well, we’re prepared to go up there and win. We don’t want go up there and steal a game. We want to go up there and win a game. That’s again, like I said, your game plan doesn’t change. It’s just the mentality to go into a tough building and get the job done. Sometimes you go up there – there’s a difference between knowing you’re going to win and hoping you’re going to win. We’ve got to go up there knowing we’re going to win.”

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