Brown joins the ranks of superstitious
Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency
|Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown poses with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, May 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Darryl Webb)
GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown put himself in the “Don’t touch the trophy” group of captains.
When NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly presented the Clarence Campbell Bowl to the Western Conference champions, Brown kept his hands off it, joining the ranks of the superstitious.
“No, it’s called the Stanley Cup playoffs for a reason,’’ he said by way of explaining his decision.
The Kings rolled over the surprising Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 thanks to their 4-3 overtime win Tuesday after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Kings are now 8-0 on the road in these playoffs.
“I don’t think many people expected us to get out to a 3-0 lead. That team over there maybe was a little shell-shocked and regrouped and made it really difficult. Tonight was back and forth, they had Grade A scoring chances, (Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick) made some huge saves. We found a way,” said Brown.
Brown, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., now is going to have a chance to make his own Stanley Cup memory. He’s hoping it turns out better than his first one.
“The one Stanley Cup finals I always remember is New York. Because I was 10-years-old. Being from upstate New York, everyone was a New York Ranger fan and it made me just want to root against them. I didn’t have my way. That was probably my first real memory of the Stanley Cup. Those are good memories.
“Now to think I have an opportunity to play in one? I mean, this is what kids dream of.’’