January 6 practice quotes: Dustin Brown
On what changed in the team’s overall game against Vancouver:
Overall, probably our entire game, it looked like a typical – we gave up a PK goal early on which has been a trend we need to kind of get rid of. I think the key to Vancouver is we just stuck with it. The guys in here have played together, been through it all, and when we stick to the game plan – and that’s top to bottom really, all the players and all the coaches stick with it – over time we’re going to wear teams down and that’s what I think happened against Vancouver.
On what he needs to improve on:
I think my physical play has probably been just about the same as it is every year, but it’s holding onto pucks offensively. Making it harder on the defensemen, driving on the outside, getting to the net more and like I said, holding onto the puck. I haven’t been holding onto the puck maybe nearly as much as I normally do. The longer I can kind of hold on to it – I mean that’s the type of team we are too. You look at Kopitar our best player, he probably has the puck more than anyone on the ice every game. I think the more I hold onto it, the better I can be.
On his offensive production:
It’s one of those things – part of being a pro is trying to figure it out. It’s just been one of those years where my attention to detail and focus probably hasn’t been there for whatever reason. That’s just one of those things that I need to key in on is just the details of it.
On the fine margin between winning and losing:
I think, especially in the west, the teams are pretty close regardless of record. I thought we played a pretty good game in Chicago and we didn’t find a way to score a goal. And that’s against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It’s a matter of finding it and that’s what good teams do. That’s what happened when we won all those games or didn’t lose in regulation or whatever it was, we found ways to get timely goals or big goals. Sometimes that’s the difference.
On if he has any comment on being accused by Mike Gillis of running Roberto Luongo: