Brown revisits San Jose, looks ahead to Vancouver - LA Kings Insider

On the team’s performance against San Jose:
You limit a team like San Jose to I think less than 20 shots, or maybe just a little over 20 – I don’t know what they had – but that’s a team that normally gets 30 to 40 shots consistently and I think that’s a result of playing in their zone a lot of the night. Those teams, especially the San Jose Sharks, they have the ability to kind of hem you in your zone and have you running around. I thought we were pretty good as a group of five or a group of six [at] weathering the storm, those types of situations where we’re going to be stuck in our zone.

On handling Drew Doughty’s injury during the game:
During the game you don’t think about it. As a player, one of your guys goes down you’re not dwelling on it. You’ve got a game to play. That’s why we have other guys that can play and step up. That’s part of being a part of a team. Like I said last night, there is no one guy who is going to replace Drew Doughty, but we have everyone giving an extra two or three-percent and that’s how you kind of fill the hole while he’s out.

On how they have played against Vancouver this season:
Obviously our record is really good against them. I thought we played really well against them other than, we kind of stole a game in here the first game here, we kind of stole one in overtime. But it’s always a fun team to play against. Just again part of the playoff, you always play a team in the playoffs it’s always a different atmosphere when you play them in the regular season than when per se a team that you didn’t play. We’ve had back and forth over the last few years.

On whether Vancouver’s current situation is “unusual”:
At this time the last four or five years, they’ve been one of the better teams in the league and had locked up playoff spots well before this part of the year and now they’re fighting for their playoff lives and they’re going definitely going to be desperate. But like I said earlier, you want to play the teams that are desperate because it can kind of get us ready and force us to be where we need to be for our playoffs.

On whether he notices any on-ice differences in Vancouver’s play:
I don’t know. It’s hard to say really. We haven’t played them recently. I think every team has an identity, and sometimes you can lose it. It’s hard to say with [Vancouver]. We just don’t play them really enough. I know they’re in our division this year, but it’s hard to say. Like, the personnel has changed a bit, they’ve had to battle a lot of injuries, a lot of drama with the goaltenders and all that. How that affected them, who knows? From the outside looking in, it’s really hard to tell.

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Handedness: Left


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