Kings captain Dustin Brown wore the scars of battle well Monday night. There was a nasty-looking welt near his left eye. There was another one over it and a couple more along the left side of his head after doing battle with the Vancouver Canucks.

Brown scored the only goal in the Kings’ 1-0 victory over the Canucks at Staples Center, a fitting conclusion as far as he was concerned. After all, he was the target of the Canucks’ ire from well before the opening faceoff.

The Canucks and general manager Mike Gillis, in particular, were angry that Brown ran over goaltender Roberto Luongo and injured him during the Kings’ come-from-behind victory Jan. 4 at Staples Center. Gillis expressed his displeasure to a couple of Vancouver newspaper reporters.

“When their GM speaks in the media, I’m sure they’re going to react that way,” Brown said when asked if expected such an unrelenting series of physical challenges from the Canucks in the wake of his collision with Luongo and Gillis’ reaction to it.

“It’s nice to score, but more importantly, it’s nice to win,” Brown said. “You go tied 0-0 into the third (period) against that team that’s two points behind us, and the emotion of the game, I think it’s something we can rally around and get going here.”

Vancouver’s Zach Kassian was the first to challenge Brown, jawing with him before the opening faceoff. After they received a talking to from the game officials and the puck was dropped, Kassian tripped Brown six seconds into the game.

The Canucks’ Tom Sestito then went after the Kings’ Jordan Nolan at 2:33 of the opening period, drawing an instigator minor, a fighting major, a game misconduct and an instigator misconduct for being the aggressor in a scrap with a player who didn’t wish to fight.

Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler fought Brown off the opening faceoff of the second period, which didn’t exactly settle matters. The Canucks amassed 69 minutes in penalties by game’s end, with Sestito their leader with 27. The Kings had 40.

Brown scored the only goal the Kings would need to win 24 seconds into the third period. Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season and the 27th of his career, moving within five of Rogie Vachon’s franchise record.