Kings captain Dustin Brown wasn’t right during the Chicago Blackhawks’ five-game victory in the Western Conference finals. Brown revealed after the Kings’ double-overtime loss in the decisive Game 5 that he played with a torn knee ligament. Days later, in his exit interview with reporters, he detailed how the injury impacted his play.
“Just inhibition, firing, like power, push-off, just because there’s a lot of inflammation,” Brown said. “The pain level wasn’t too bad unless I did certain things. But, like I said, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t play with. If it was regular season I don’t think I would have played with it, but I still thought I could be effective in most areas of the game and find a way to contribute. But there were some limitations.”