NHL Playoff TV Schedule 2012: Kings Captain Dustin Brown Playing Inspired Hockey

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is playing inspired hockey for his team right now, and if he continues to dominate all over the ice, he will accept the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman next month as a champion.

Brown is one of the premier power forwards in hockey, and has used his toughness and size to get under his opponent's skin throughout the playoffs.

Per Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times:

"[Brown] lets his play do the talking," [Coyotes goalie Jason] LaBarbera said. "I think that's probably frustrating for players. This guy hammers guys, but nobody ever goes after him because he's not that kind of guy who hits you and stays there and says something. He hits you and keeps playing.

"He plays on the edge. He's not afraid. He's not a dirty player. He hits hard, but he doesn't cross that line. Not yet, anyway."

If not for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick being so dominant in the playoffs, Brown would be the front runner for the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP.

Offensively, Brown has been spectacular and has scored several big goals for the Kings during the playoffs.

His 13 points (seven goals and six assists) is tied for the second most in the postseason. If you don't factor in Philadelphia Flyers forwards Claude Giroux (1st with 17 points) and Danny Briere (T-2nd with 13 points), who have been eliminated from the postseason, then Brown is the top scorer right now.

His third period goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night was one of three game-winning goals he's scored in the playoffs thus far.

Brown has also been a force defensively. He leads the playoffs with a plus-11 rating and is forechecking aggressively, which is tiring opposing defensemen. He's also doing a good job of back checking in the defensive zone to help his own defensemen.

Brown's resurgence began ...

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