Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/09/12 at 11:32 AM ET
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
At this stage he undoubtedly is hurt or sore, though no player will admit to the slightest ache until the season ends. And the Devils’ forechecking has, excuse the pun, bedeviled him. “This is the best team that we’ve played,” he said Friday.
True enough. But Brown, who has led the Kings this far by gutsy example, will get a second chance Saturday at the Prudential Center to lead them around the ice with the Cup. For that to happen he must be more of a presence than he was in the first four games.
The Kings missed a chance to win the Cup at home Wednesday, a game they agreed they didn’t deserve to win because the desperate Devils outhustled them and outworked them. Brown doesn’t want to squander another chance to make his mark and skate that happiest of victory laps.
“I think all playoffs we’ve had different players step up at key points. It’s been myself in a few games and I think I’ve been pretty quiet in the Final so far and it’s up to our big players to step up big time,” he said after the team practiced at the AmeriHealth Pavilion at the Prudential Center.
“So it’s an opportunity for guys to have a huge impact on the game. And you see when a guy does have an impact how it can really turn the game around. Again, you prepare to play the game the right way and when an opportunity presents itself you take advantage.”
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