October 11 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On adjustments in the second half of the game:
I just thought we were a little bit slow in our thought process, slow with the puck, not taking ice when it was there to take, and I think we just allowed their forecheck pressure to turn pucks over and spend too much time in our zone. I thought we did a good job and the real key was the penalty kill where we had four minutes killed off and didn’t give up a whole lot and really kind of got us going there late in the period and then a really good start to the third, period obviously. I just think we did a better job of getting traffic. Smith sees the puck. He’s a big goalie, and he makes saves, hangs on to pucks. Obviously in those two goals to start the period we did a better job of getting pucks to the net. But just overall pace, taking ice that was there, thought process I thought was a little slow to start the game.

On Dustin Brown’s strong start to the year:
I just think he’s a good player. I mean, Brownie had a really good summer. I think he’s excited getting his game back on track, I think he’s earned the right to play a lot of key situations. He and Kopi have had a long history of being good together and they’ve been great together all training camp. But he’s a net-front guy that we want on the power play who’s created a lot for us, he’s playing a power game, and I think with that comes confidence. Obviously he scored a little bit, so that’s going to fuel his confidence, but I think the bottom line is Brownie has been a real good player in the league. He’s excited about trying to prove that he can still be a good player in the league, and he’s playing like it.

On whether he has an update to Kyle Clifford’s injury:
I don’t Obviously he didn’t finish the hockey game. There’s always cause for concern when that happens, but I have not heard an update as of yet.

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