Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

America's two largest cities are ready to battle for hockey's holy grail, as puck drop for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup between Los Angeles and New York is set for Wednesday night.

The New York - Los Angeles sports rivalry is renewed for the first time since 1981 in a major sports championship series. The Dodgers and Yankees have battled four times for the World Series, while the Knicks and Lakers have clashed three times in the NBA Finals. New York has won four of the seven championships against L.A. The 2014 Stanley Cup pits the hard-hitting, high-scoring Kings against Rangers superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Dustin Brown had two assists and a game high eight shots on goal in the Kings 5-4 overtime win Sunday.

Brown now has four goals and 12 points in 21 playoff games after a horrible regular season in which he found the back of the net only 15 times in 79 games to go with 27 points. He is now seventh in shots on goal during the post-season with 57.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

The Los Angeles Kings must limit Patrick Kane's time and space with the puck in Chicago Sunday night to have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup championship series.

That's the word from Kings captain Dustin Brown, who watched in frustration as Kane followed up his Game 5, four-point performance with three points in Chicago's 4-3 triumph in Los Angeles in Game 6. The teams will be in Chicago Sunday night for Game 7. "You give (Kane) time and space and he's going to make plays and that's what he did," Brown said. "So that's on us. We've got to limit his time and space. The last two games, we've backed off of him and allowed him time with the puck."

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Dustin Brown notched a goal and an assist during the Kings' 5-4 double overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

L.A's captain is certainly making up for his disappointing regular season with a strong showing in the playoffs, now at four goals and five assists through 19 games. Although the Kings could not finish off the Hawks on the road, Brown and his team gave a valiant effort in Game 5 and still have a 3-2 series lead over their rivals from Chicago.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Dustin Brown netted a power-play goal in the Kings' 5-2 win against Chicago on Monday.

Brown's marker also proved to be the game-winning goal. He now has three goals and four assists in 18 playoff games.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Despite a mediocre regular season, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is excelling in the post-season.

Brown, restored to the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, leads the NHL with 87 hits in 16 post-season games, an average of 5.4. He also has contributed two goals and four assists to the team's post-season drive. "I think coming out of the Olympic break I probably played my best hockey. For whatever reason, I wasn't very good the first 50, 60 games of the year," Brown said. "I thought I played more and I actually felt, for the first time, more like myself after the Olympic break, for whatever reason. I think it's continued. I know my point total probably isn't ... I don't even know my points right now because that's not what we're concerned about. I feel like I'm playing my game right now, whether it shows up on the score sheet or not." During the regular season, Brown had only 15 goals and 12 assists in 79 games.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Dustin Brown leads the NHL playoffs with 81 hits in 15 games.

He has contributed just one assist in his last six contests, but he manages to contribute in other ways including his physical presence. Brown has been playing with leading scorers Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik and his play has helped open up opportunities for his talented linemates. Los Angeles teammate Jarret Stoll is second in the hit department with a total of 62.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

The Los Angeles Kings have to quickly reload for their Western Conference Final, which opens Sunday after against the Chicago Blackhawks.

On Friday night, the Kings eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal with a 6-2 rout in Anaheim. But Kings captain Dustin Brown said his team has unfinished business now. "There are some things that we didn't do last year that we want to do this year," Brown said. "Obviously, the team that we're going up against (Chicago) got the job done last year so we've got to reload now." They won't have much time, but they've made an art out of adjusting on the fly and erasing disadvantages. They've lost three straight games in each playoff round, falling in their first three against San Jose and then Games 3, 4 and 5 against Anaheim. And they faced a Game 7 on the road in each series, too. But every time they fall, they seem to get up with new strength that propels them to the next level.

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

Dustin Brown called the Kings' success in elimination games a "double-edged sword."

The Kings have already faced elimination five times in the 2014 postseason and survived each test, but the fact that they've had their backs against the wall this often is troubling. "We've got one game to take care of here and that's our focus," Brown said. "From then on, we need to try to not put ourselves behind the eight-ball."

Dustin Brown RW LA 4 Months

The line of Dustin Brown, Dwight King and Jarret Stoll managed to pull the trigger on 69 shots Saturday.

While not all the shots reached the net, the line was buzzing around as they allowed the opposing Ducks only 18 shots at goal for a differential of 51 shots.