May 15 practice quotes: Dustin Brown

On Raffi Torres:
“You’re definitely aware of when he’s on the ice. I mean, you don’t think about his history. That’s one of those things where as much as he’s been suspended, he’s had a lot of really clean, hard hits, and you need to be aware of that. He likes to come off that weak side, and I think everyone around the league knows that. It’s just bringing awareness to it. On the second goal, he came down on me and I knew he was coming, so I just gave it low-to-high, and it ends up being in their net. So that’s the type of plays you need to make and try to use his aggressiveness to our advantage.”

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On Torres’ hit on Jarret Stoll:
“I mean, I still really haven’t seen it. I guess it doesn’t really make a difference whether he makes contact with his head. I think everyone in this room will probably not be happy about it, and everyone over their room is OK with it. It really is up to what the league thinks, and I’m not sure where that’s at. We’re just trying to focus on…playing.”

On Brad Richardson:
“He’s an energy guy for us. He’s not the biggest guy, but he always provides a spark for our lineup. He’s shown he’s a very versatile guy in the fact that he can play pretty much anywhere in our lineup and be effective. Part of this time of the year is finding depth guys that can step up at the right times. If he gets the opportunity, he needs to be ready to go.”

On Stoll’s impact on faceoffs and the team’s defensive mindset:
“Whenever one of your top guys, your key guys on the draws goes down, it’s the responsibility of the other 20 guys to carry the load. That’s the fun part about being a team.”

On worrying about retribution:
“You don’t want to see a guy, a teammate get hurt like that. It’s important to understand there’s ways to do it within the rules and ways to do it throughout a series within the rules, and that’s what we have to do, regardless of what happens. Again, it’s playoffs, and the best retribution is winning games right now.”

On whether he has to address avoiding retaliation with his teammates:
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure everyone’s well aware [and] been in these types of situations before. It’s about the next game and finding a way to get the job done.”

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