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Kings, Brown Trick Canucks

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Against a team they could possibly face in the playoffs, the Kings played a spectacular game drowning the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 led by captain Dustin Brown’s hat trick.

There was a sense that things would go the Kings way tonight when Alexander Frolov on the Kings first shot on goal ended up scoring 5:26 in the game on an assist by Dustin Brown and Jeff Halpern.

But the night belonged to a bruised, bloodied and toothless Brown who scored his second career hat trick. His first game with 1:58 left in the first period to put the Kings up 3-0. On a power play after Christian Erhoff was called for cross checking, Dustin Brown squibbled one through the wickets of Canuck’s goalie Roberto Luongo 9:20 in the second period for the 5-0 lead.

The hats came raining down when on a breakaway Brown faked out Luongo and hit a shot upstairs into the net 3:31 in the third period to put the Kings up 6-2. Brown’s four points in the game marks a career high, and his one assist ties a career high with 29.

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“I haven’t been scoring as much as I would have liked this year,” Brown said, “but I think I have been playing pretty well especially as of late.”