Dustin Brown: "We're finding ways to win games" - LA Kings Insider

On how this stretch of hockey compares to when the team was struggling in January:
I don’t think we were playing bad hockey per se, but we were finding ways to lose games. Kind of the big difference between then and now is we’re finding ways to win games. We’re down 2-0 against Washington, we find a way to win a game. That’s kind of been the story whether we’re down or we’re up, we blow a lead, we’re finding ways to win games where before we were finding ways to lose.

On whether the offense is as balanced as it has been all year:
We’re getting contributions from every line, which is always a real big positive. I think it’s more about how we’re playing the game. We’re playing probably some of our best hockey all year consistently. It’s more about the consistency of it. We’ve had spurts where we play really well and then the next period we kind of dip. As of late, we’ve been playing pretty good hockey for 60 minutes and I think that shows in the way we play. If we’re not consistent with it, there are dips and valleys and when we are consistent we dominate the game.

On the team’s spread out production:
I think that’s been a big part of our success coming out of the break, how every line is playing. [Saturday] night in particular, I don’t think our line was very good, but Kopi’s line had a great game. Again,that’s what being a part of a team is. It’s really hard to have your A-game every night. Finding ways for other guys to pick it up or picking each other up when our top line is down. We’ve had contributions from, again a couple games ago Rick and Lewey and Cliffy had our best line and we needed them to be because maybe some of our lines didn’t have it. That’s what is great about having the depth we have.

On Trevor Lewis:
He’s always been a big part of our team. He really struggled early on in points but he found other ways to be effective for our team and that’s what being a part of a team is all about. Maybe when you’re struggling on the statistical side of the game, finding ways to kill penalties, block shots, those types of things go a long way. He has the ability to contribute on the offensive side of the puck. Obviously he really struggled early on, but it didn’t deter or take away from any other part of his game, which is the most important thing.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.