Tough guy enjoying NHL limelight

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

First NHL game, first NHL fight and now, his first NHL goal.

To say it's been a riveting two weeks for forward Mike Brown would be a monumental understatement.

Since being recalled from the Manitoba Moose on Nov. 19, the speedster has appeared in three games with the Vancouver Canucks.

In his first two games, Brown made his presence felt by getting into a scrap.

But on Sunday at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., Brown experienced a thrill he'll never forget when he scored his first NHL goal in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

"I'm not expected to score anyway, but it's good to get that first one and get the monkey off your back," Brown said yesterday from Chicago, where the Canucks will face the Blackhawks tomorrow night at the United Center.

"Coach (Alain Vigneault) was stressing to get to the front of the net. I came out of the corner and the shot from the point was by Lukas Krajicek and I got my stick on it and tipped it in."

Seeing the puck get past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and the red light come on brought a huge smile to Brown's face.

"It's funny. I didn't even know what to think," he said. "It was such a weird feeling when the puck went in. I looked back and the first thing I thought was that this couldn't be happening, then it finally sunk in."

Making the moment even more special was the fact Brown's parents, Barry and Audree, were in the crowd to see the goal.

"I'm really happy," said Brown. "There are so many different places you could be playing and to have them there for the first goal was pretty exciting."

The puck was retrieved by a teammate and Brown quickly passed it off to Barry, who planned to put the souvenir away for safekeeping.

In his first NHL game, Brown dropped the gloves with Wild tough guy Aaron Voros and in the second, he went toe-to-toe with Columbus Blue Jackets tough guy Jared Boll.

DREAM COME TRUE

Though he's only averaging about 5:35 of ice time per game, Brown's loving every minute of his time in The Show.

"Obviously, it's a dream come true," said Brown. "Everything is just unbelievable. It's such a great experience. I'm soaking it in every day and trying to make the best of it."

But what can Brown do for an encore, now that he's scratched a few things off his to-do list?

"Maybe get an assist," said Brown. "I'm doing whatever I can to help the team and whatever they decide, they decide. I'm going to do everything in my power to work as hard as I can possibly work and hope for the best."


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