His gnarled hands were tucked into his suit pockets, only popping out occasionally during a post-game conservation outside the Edmonton Oilers locker-room.
Skin had been scraped from one knuckle on Mike Brown’s infamous right, but it didn’t match the gash that crossed the top of his nose.
Brown just shrugged.
The advance billing on Brown was that he was the gritty energy winger the Oilers so desperately needed. He could skate, scrap and maybe squeeze out the occasional goal.
Four games into his tenure with the team, he has been all of that.
On his first shift against the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday, he took the puck from inside the blue-line and threw it at the net, only to have it get past goalie Ray Emery.
In last Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, he unleashed a flurry of right in a bout with Jordin Tootoo. And one night later, in a game against the Nashville Predators, he got into a fight with Rich Clune.
His new Oilers teammates didn’t respond after either fight — despite Brown’s well-timed gamesmanship — which was something captain Shawn Horcoff pointed out during the team meeting on Saturday.
“He got into two spirited fights. I would have liked to have seen us respond, too ... a little bit better,” Horcoff said. “We talked about that.
“But he’s been a really good addition for us ... and the kid can really skate. He really brings what we’re looking for which is an uptempo style, and he’s great in the locker-room.”
Gritty winger Brown makes an impression
Edmonton Journal | Mar 13