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Brown is finalist for leadership award

The Sports Xchange

--Kings captain Dustin Brown on Monday was selected as one of the three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given annually "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Brown, Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers and Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes are the three finalists, which are chosen by Messier himself. Messier also picks the winner, whose name will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas this month. Last season, Brown won the NHL Foundation Award because of his charity work in Los Angeles.

--For much of this postseason, the Kings have merely tried to tread water in terms of special teams. The Kings' power play has been unproductive while the penalty-killing has been stellar. In Game 3, they put it all together. The fact that the Kings went 2-for-2 on the power play, in itself, is amazing -- the Kings had failed to score a power-play goal in five consecutive games -- but it wasn't even the biggest part of their special-teams effort. In the latter part of the first period of a scoreless game, the Kings killed a New Jersey 5-for-3 advantage for a minute. The Kings went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

"Before this game, it easily could have been two-nothing for them. It was a tight series, but at the same time, we're really confident with the team we've got in here. Now it's just about resetting, refocusing. Even though we've got one more to win, we've got to look at it as if we've got four more." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

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