It’s hard to imagine much of a better six-game run than the one Dustin Brown has had of late, with six goals and four assists in his last six games. Perhaps just as amazing is that, in the previous 11 games, Brown didn’t have a single goal. Brown was asked whether his preparation for recent games had changed.
BROWN: “Just probably my focus to details, getting around the net. Our D getting pucks to the net is a big help. A lot of our forwards, if you see our goals lately, in Minnesota it was point shots and a couple goals that were from the crease. There haven’t been all that many highlight-reel goals, or pretty goals. Here and there, they’re sprinkled in, but the majority of our goals lately, we’ve been scoring more than we have over the course of the year and it’s just guys getting to the net. It’s one to get guys around the net. It’s another thing to get guys around the net with the puck getting there at the same time. That’s been the biggest difference.’’
As team captain, Brown was also asked whether coach Darryl Sutter has changed his message at all, as the Kings enter late-season games in a tight playoff race.
BROWN: “It’s pretty much the same message every day. I think there’s probably more focus on the preparation for the game, getting ready. For this team, coming down the stretch, it’s about preparation and being ready to play. We can’t have one of those games where we’re not ready at the start or we’re not playing our `A’ game. Everyone is going to have ups and downs, but it’s important for us to understand and recognize those early on and, if we’re not feeling it, to do all those little things right, to be successful in tight games.’’