GLENDALE, Ariz. – There's nothing inexplicable about the remarkable run the Los Angeles Kings are having in these Stanley Cup playoffs. Their best player is playing his best hockey at the most opportune time.
It's that simple, really.
With just over 18 minutes to go and the Kings locked in a tie with the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Dustin Brown took a nifty pass from Slava Voynov, raced up the ice on a breakaway toward a heretofore impenetrable Mike Smith and calmly ripped the puck into the back of the net.
That one goal, early in the third period, did more than put the Kings in the lead for good; it saved them from what had all the makings of a derailing defeat in L.A.'s unyielding march toward the Stanley Cup, and instead keyed a 4-2 victory.
To that point the Kings had thoroughly dominated the Coyotes – the 'Yotes to the locals – picking up where they left off after sweeping the St. Louis Blues in Round 2. They'd come out and scoredRead More »from Dustin Brown again saves Kings from a potential momentum-killing defeat in Game 1