NEWARK -- Kings captain Dustin Brown was effective in the first three rounds and was emerging as a star in the postseason before his game suddenly became quiet in the Stanley Cup final against the Devils. The winger is looking to turn it around tomorrow night in Game Five.
"I’ve been pretty quiet in the finals so far," Brown said this afternoon after a 45-minute workout in the Prudential Center.
Brown has one assist to show for the first four games against New Jersey, which is believes is a credit to the Devils' disciplined defense. He said the Devs have given him very little room to operate after all the space he had while plowing through Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix.
"It’s different team in general [than Vancouver]," Brown said. "Jersey does a lot better job taking ice away. For me, personally, on my left side, they’re taking a lot of the my ice away, which makes it more difficult to enter the zone. I feel I’m just as physical. I just don’t feel like I have as much time with the puck."
Brown had four goals and five points in five games against Vancouver, two goals and six points in the sweep over St. Louis and a goal and five points in five games against Phoenix. He's been one of the Kings' more physical players against Jersey but hasn't had the same production.
"It’s due to the team we’re playing," he said. "It’s by far the best team we’ve played."
--- Bucky Gleason