LA Kings Win Third Straight
Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown showed how he leads his team on Tuesday night, which is by example. He did what he does best by delivering some bone-crunching checks at crucial moments that helped the Kings on their way to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. The check of the night (and possibly the year) came midway through the second period, when he sent Stephane Robidas flying over the barrier where he disappeared into the LA Kings bench. It was a perfectly timed and executed check that will be replayed on Kings' highlight reels for the rest of the season.
Brown delivered again during the final minutes, catching Mike Ribeiro unaware after a slapshot and sending him slamming headfirst into the boards. The collision left blood splattered on the ice from a cut on Ribiero's head.
"It was a tough situation. Our guy was making a shot and was off balance. It wasn't a dirty hit at all," said Stars' goaltender Marty Turco. "Brown's one of the most solid guys in the league, and he knows he can hurt some guys. But that was a clean hit. I don't think he meant to hurt him, but it's always dangerous when you're a few feet from the boards and you're in a vulnerable position."
The tied game went to overtime and then to a shootout, where Alexander Frolov scored the deciding goal to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory. Tonight the Kings finish off the back-to-back meetings by facing Dallas in their crib at 5:30 PM.