So much for whimpering into the December night. The
In a listless game by their own admission, the Kings pulled out a 2-1 overtime win against the
Here's what we learned:
The value of Dustin Brown's leadership is immeasurable. It was clear from the Kings' celebration that this was more than an overtime win. Brown has been a glue player for the franchise, from the dark years of the 2000s to two
That's why his teammates mobbed him.
"I think when you sit down with your team and get to know your team, you just understand how important he is to your team and how well respected he is to your team," Kings coach John Stevens said.
Resiliency shouldn't be needed this much. The win has the Kings tied for first in the
That shows resiliency but it also shines a light on a lopsided aggregate of their scoring. The Kings have been outscored 34-26 in the first period and have outscored opponents 47-21 in the third period.
"We've been behind a lot this year," Brown said. "Our first periods haven't been our best. Our third periods have been really good. It would be nice to play with the lead."
The work of the fourth line was unsung.
"I thought the Mitchell line was terrific in that situation," Stevens said. "They got out there, they won some battles. They turned some pucks over. … They won races to the net. It was almost the type of goal we needed."
Mitchell has four points in five games and looks like he's solidified the fourth-line center position.