Mike Brown has impressed the Ducks with his energy, and he'll have a chance to show it off in front of old mates Wednesday night against Vancouver
By Matt Vevoda
|"The one thing you know that Mike Brown is going to bring is energy," Carlyle said. "He's strong on the forecheck, hard to play against and a good teammate."
One thing the Ducks knew for sure about Mike Brown when they acquired him from
In his two seasons in
“The one thing you know that Mike Brown is going to bring is energy,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, who plugged the forward on the third line after spots became available following the trade deadline. “He’s strong on the forecheck, hard to play against and a good teammate.”
Says Brown, “That is pretty much my style to go out, play a physical game and bring that energy. If I need to fight, I’ll fight. But otherwise, I’m going to go out there and bang all their good players and make them worried to go back and get the puck. If I can go out there and change the momentum of the game just by a big hit or just playing hard, that is what I’m going to do.”
|"If I can go out there and change the momentum of the game just by a big hit or just playing hard, that is what I'm going to do," said Brown, seen here being congratulated by Chris Pronger after his game-winning goal at Buffalo on Feb. 24.|
He wouldn’t mind being a game-changer in
“You want to prove that you are on a good team and you’re doing well,” says Brown, whose lone goal with the Ducks (and second of his career) was a game-winner at
Todd Marchant knows a thing or two about performing dirty work for the Ducks, as he’s been a utility man playing on multiple lines and positions for the team over the last four seasons. Currently a linemate of Brown’s, Marchant likes what he sees from the Northbrook,
|"He plays with a lot of grit," Marchant says of Brown. "You know what you're going to get every night from him. He has been able to prove that."
“He plays with a lot of grit,” Marchant says. “He is keeping it simple out there. That being said, there have been some games where he’s made some moves on defensemen, got in alone and made some nice plays. You know what you’re going to get every night from him. He has been able to prove that.”
Brown, Marchant and the rest of the Ducks are currently fighting for their playoff lives with 15 games left in the regular season. They sit in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 31-30-6 record, but the standings are so tight that they remain just two points behind the eight and final spot to the postseason. Getting a win against the fifth-place Canucks (a team with 12 wins in its last 15 games) would be an ideal springboard for
“We still can control our own destiny, so to speak,” Marchant says. “But it has to start with this game against Vancouver. We know the road for us does not get any easier. That being said, is it possible? Absolutely. Is there still light at the end of the tunnel? Absolutely. Can this team still make the playoffs? Yes, absolutely.”