A few more takeaways as the
Welcome to the Budaj Era
Peter Budaj is one of those goalies who can seemingly survive an early miscue and pull it together when necessary.
At 34, he's essentially seen it all. And maybe that's what the Kings need at this stage as they deal with injuries to goalies Jonathan Quick and
"I think he was really disappointed a week or so ago when he went unclaimed on waivers," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter in his postgame news conference. "Hopefully, he's trying to prove a point to everybody in the league. He's a proud guy."
It was almost like a throwback night for Kings winger Dustin Brown with his goal and two assists and frequent flashes of physical play.
Brown has handled his on-ice struggles in recent seasons and loss of the team captaincy with his usual class and dignity.
It will be interesting to see if Saturday's showing proves to be a launching pad for the revitalization of Brown.
You have to love Tanner Pearson's honesty. The left wing was candid about his "strategy" on his clinching goal in the shootout.