Dustin Brown took 48 shots on goal, during his 14-game goal drought, that didn’t find the net (by contrast, Anze Kopitar had 40 shots in his 13-game slump), so the frustration clearly had to be there for Brown, who was getting good shots but not results.
Rarely did Brown seem to be getting too far away from his overall game, but today Terry Murray was asked if he felt Brown was “pressing” in offensive areas to score goals…
MURRAY: “I do think he was pressing, absolutely. He’s a very intense individual. He really cares about his game and he cares about the team. When you go extended periods of not getting that stat that’s important, for forwards in particular, you start to get some snakes running around in your head.
“It’s like getting over a putt in the Masters. It’s a two-footer and you’ve got to make it, and you’ve got all these snakes, these thoughts, in your mind. You start to think crazy things, I think, as a player, when it comes to that time when you’re not on top of your game. But you’ve got to work through it. You’ve got to deal with it and keep going, and try to do the right things all the time, and it paid off last night. Hopefully it’s a breakthrough.”