Is Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown saving his best for last?
Brown has only one point to speak of in the Stanley Cup Finals, an assist on his team’s second goal in a 4-0 Game 3 victory. In terms of offensive output, his zero goals and one assist on five shots in the last four games make this his quietest stretch of the playoffs to date.
On the other hand, Brown has at least been on the ice for each of linemate Anze Kopitar’s four points and Justin Williams’ three against the New Jersey Devils. And he has tangibly clicked in each of his team’s last two clinching games.
He inserted two goals, including the game-winner, to polish off a sweep of St. Louis and then set up Kopitar to put the Kings on the board en route to a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix.
After defaulting an opportunity to sweep the Devils, setting up Game 5 in Newark on Saturday, Brown’s craving to contribute and to share a coveted postgame handshake with commissioner Gary Bettman will be tested once more.
Based primarily on their contributions to the conclusion of other playoff rounds, some of the other Kings players who could be the X-factor in this prospective close-out game are as follows.