Dustin Brown is regarded as one of the most aggressive and abrasive forwards in the NHL today. The captain of the Los Angeles Kings plays with abandon, and has landed some of the most massive open-ice hits in recent memory. Last night when the Kings took on the Vancouver Canucks, Brown was flying all over the ice like usual.
Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev had the puck behind his own net and was circling around as Brown got all “target acquired” on the youngster. Tanev saw Brown coming at the last second and managed to avoid the check. The result was hilarious. (h/t to The Royal Half for the GIF)
Brown and the Kings would get the last laugh though, as they managed to win the contest in overtime. That’s a big win for L.A. as it came against a divisional opponent, and the Pacific Division has been insane this season. Still, little plays like this are comical.
The bruising American lands way more checks than he misses, and it’s probably a good thing that Tanev got out of the way when he did. Brown has a hit list about as long as his body, so he won’t be missing this one little notch in his belt. Plus he’d already blown Tanev up earlier in the contest.
Still, try to watch it and not chuckle.