While Jack Johnson still learns how to read… the play, that is.
While nothing the Kings’ did on the ice last night impressed me, I was moderately pleased with Brown’s comments after the game. Well, there were a lot of comments (mostly tirades by justifiably pissed off fans), but one short sentence Brown uttered is particularly insightful to the development our young Captain is experiencing, not in his game, but in his leadership. As posted by Rich Hammond:
“Tonight, in the end it is my fault.”
Even though he’s wrong.
It’s not his fault in the end, at least in my opinion. To my pained eyes gazing on from section 315, the fault of last night is pegged squarely on Murray’s forehead. Brown, who did not in any way lack the drive and energy required of him on a nightly basis, was referring to two consecutive turnovers he perpetrated in the second period that led to the Hawks first, and only necessary, goal. Brown goes on to lament not going into the 3rd period with a 0-0 tie, and the woulda, shoulda, coulda that follows the mind of the disappointed.
But the problem was not his turnovers. In a microcosmic sense, sure, his turnovers cost the game… technically. But the problem last night, as I am sure all of you are already all too aware of, runs deeper than that. I will not go in to those problems here. I haven’t had an aneurysm today, and I would like to keep it that way.
While Brown may be placing too much of the blame on himself, the point is that he immediately and directly accepted the blame for the poor performance of his troops, as any good Captain should. For all the trials and tribulations and perceived pseudo-transgressions committed by and heaped upon Dustin Brown, both deserved and otherwise, we truly have watched this man-child grow and mature this season.
One can only hope that these subtle improvements in his attitude will translate to desperately needed improvement on the ice.
Ah, there’s a subject deserving of its own post. I’ll wait until the Kings’ finally show some.
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