LA Kings Darryl Sutter On Dustin Brown: “We Need Him To Play The Role That He’s Played For Us When We’ve Been A Successful Team”

LA Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown, shown here
addressing the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles during
the team’s 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Rally.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings are on a roll, having won five straight games, not to mention ending December with a franchise record in wins and points, earning a 10-3-1 record (21 points) last month.

The Kings end a stretch in which they will have played 16 of their last 22 games on the road tonight in Denver where they will face the Colorado Avalanche. But heading into tonight’s contest, the Kings have earned an impressive 9-4-2 record in the 15 previous road games with play that has been at least somewhat reminiscent of how they played during their playoff run in 2012, leading to the first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then their 45-year history.

Especially during their previous road trip in which they earned a 4-0 record against Phoenix, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary—all Pacific Division rivals, one player stood out, not only because of his strong play, but also because of his previous lack of production.

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LA Kings LW Michael Mersch Talks About Move Up To The NHL, First NHL Goal

LA Kings left wing Michael Mersch
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Photo courtesy National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For many National Hockey League rookies, it takes dozens of games, often a lot more than that, for them to record their first NHL point, let alone score their first NHL goal.

For Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Michael Mersch, it took just nine games.

The 6-2, 218-pound native of Park Ridge, Illinois scored his first NHL goal and tallied his first NHL point at the 5:42 mark of the second period on December 29, helping lead the Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Mersch, whose game is trademarked by his net-front presence, scored the goal in typical Michael Mersch fashion, as he won a loose puck battle in the right corner, and then took the puck straight to the front of the net. Using a power move, he took the puck to the goalmouth and slid it between the leg pads of Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.

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It’s About Much More Than Goal Scoring (Or A Lack Thereof) For LA Kings Dustin Brown

LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here during a recent practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

AUDIO: Listen to media interviews with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after the team’s practice on November 6, 2015.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown is struggling to score goals would be an understatement of epic proportions.

In 13 games this season, Brown has a big goose egg in the goals scored column of the stats sheet. In fact, if you go back to last season, Brown’s last goal came on April 2, 2015, in an 8-2 blowout win over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, ending a 19-game goal scoring drought for the Kings captain.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Andreoff, Doughty, Carter, Sutter After 4-3 OT Win Over Nashville

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Andy Andreoff netted his first goal of the season, and Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.

With their victory over the top team in the Western Conference, the Kings extended their winning streak to seven games.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Toffoli, Quick, Kopitar Lead LA Kings To 3-0 Win Over Carolina

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Anze Kopitar added another, and Jonathan Quick made 40 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center in Los Angeles in October 23.

With the win, the Kings have won four straight games. It was also Quick’s first shutout of the season, and the 38th of his National Hockey League career.

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