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Sutter: Brown's path on the ice determines his play

Sunday, 03.11.2012 / 3:49 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Sutter: Brown's path on the ice determines his play
CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Kings top-line forward Dustin Brown has a seven-game point streak going into Sunday night's road matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., NBCSN) at the United Center.

He's recorded assists in three straight games and has five goals to go with six assists during the torrid stretch. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said it's come as the result of Brown's ability to play more of a vertical game with his skating instead of going horizontally, side to side, too often.

"Brown's been really solid," Sutter said after Sunday's optional morning skate. "He's got to play a straight-line game. If you see him going East to West on the ice, you'll know he's not on his game. He's got to play that North-South game."

Why?

"It allows him to play with power," Sutter said of the 6-0, 204-pound Brown. "When he does that, the nets are aligned for him. It's his game and he knows it. When he tries to do too much is when he gets out of his zone."

Brown, who's on the top line with star center Anze Kopitar and right wing Justin Williams, has scored 19 goals and added 23 assists in 68 games for the Kings.
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