Dustin Brown RW LA 5 Months

Brown has just one point and a minus-4 rating through the Kings' first 12 games.

Brown's point totals have been trending downward for the previous four seasons, and based on the early returns, it certainly looks like that trend will continue again 2014-15. He's actually noticing a substantial increase in ice time (17:19 per game) from last season (15:50), but it's yet to bear any fruit for the 29-year-old. At this stage in his career, Brown carries his most value in the form of high hit and penalty-minute totals.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

The Stanley Cup won by the Los Angles Kings on Friday night was tougher to win than the one they won two years ago, their captain says.

"This one is a lot different, it was harder, we had it easy last time," said Dustin Brown, one of 14 Kings who have won both Cups. "This one was harder. It gives you perspective. This is how I always envisioned it would be." The Kings became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s on the road, and they eventually required 26 games to win the Stanley Cup, six games longer than in 2012 and equal to the longest postseason work schedule in NHL history.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

Dustin Brown wasn't willing to chalk Game 4's loss to the New York Rangers as bad luck.

"We need to make it harder on them," said the Los Angeles captain. "We could be harder, it's about physicality. I'm talking about puck battles and stick battles in front of the net." The Kings weren't able to capitalize on two occasions when pucks got behind Henrik Lundqvist and stopped short on the goal line. "It sucks, we should have put those in the net, they were just laying right out there for us," defenseman Drew Doughty added. "Two of them like that, that's the difference in the game." Brown scored the Kings' only goal in Wednesday's loss on a pretty move during a breakaway just after the Kings had killed off a New York power play. He has 14 points in 25 playoff games.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is running away with the hits lead in the 2013-14 postseason.

Brown has 115 hits in 23 games, exactly five per appearance. No one else even has 100, as teammate Jarret Stoll is in second place with 87. Brown had the ninth-highest regular season total with 246, too, so he's an asset in leagues with varied stats.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

Dustin Brown's double overtime winner was the first time in the playoffs that he has scored a goal in extra time.

The Kings captain had a horrible regular season in which he had only 15 goals and 27 points in 79 games but he has more than made up for it in the post-season with five goals and 13 points in 23 games. It was also his second game winner in the 2014 playoffs.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

Dustin Brown tipped-in the game-winning goal in double overtime for the Kings in their 5-4 victory over the Rangers in Game 2.

Brown scored 10:26 of the second overtime on a slick redirect on a Willie Mitchell shot. The Kings have yet to lead during actual game time yet still hold a 2-0 Stanley Cup Final lead. This one was a wild one as the Rangers jumped out to a two-goal advantage then also led 3-1 and 4-2 before the battle-tested Kings came back. Mitchell and Dwight King each scored and assisted. Jarret Stoll and Marian Gaborik, with the game-tying goal at 7:36 of the third period, picked up the other markers. Justin Williams notched three assists. Drew Doughty didn't record a point on the scoresheet, but he did play a game-high 41:41.

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

The Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Marian Gaborik top line has been awfully productive with 57 combined playoff points - and Kopitar topping the NHL with 24 postseason points - but that doesn't mean they're patting themselves on their backs.

In fact, Brown openly says the line was poor in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final last Wednesday. "I can only speak for myself, but I don't think our line in Game 1 was very good," Brown said. "We need to take control moreso. It's not about checking or sawing off another line. It's about taking control of the game for us. It's not just Kopi's job. It's my job. It's Gaborik's job. That's why we're playing with him.''

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 Months

Dustin Brown said the Kings played in "zombie mode" during their three previous rounds of the NHL playoffs.

He explained that the team never got more than 72 hours of rest between games for seven weeks. Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place on Saturday after the opener was played on Wednesday. The Kings have dug deep during their playoff run, which has seen them win three straight Game 7s on the road. "Every step they take, they've met so many challenges," GM Dean Lombardi said. "You're really happy for those players, because you know how much they've put into it and how much they care. I see firsthand how they conduct themselves, how hard they work, how much they stick together. It's special to see them be rewarded, but they're fully cognizant that they've got some more work to do."

Dustin Brown RW LA 10 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 10 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.