Canucks call up Brown with Wild rematch looming
Brown has three points and 69 penalty minutes in 17 AHL games this season, after the 22-year-old finished last season with three points and a team-high 194 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 210-pound winger had one assist, two fights and 32 penalty minutes in five NHL preseason games this season.
Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu elbowed Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund in the face, and ended up with a cracked bone in his left leg after Ohlund retaliated with a two-handed slash to the back of Koivu's leg. Ohlund won't play Wednesday after the NHL handed down a four-game suspension Sunday, but his wasn't the only controversial play in the game.
"I think there was some plays leading up to my incident that should have been handled maybe differently," Ohlund said while addressing his suspension on Sunday night.
And several Canucks were upset after Minnesota forward Stephane Veilleux appeared to shoot a puck at defenseman Mike Weaver as the game was winding down. Veilleux denied doing so, but there's no question this Northwest Division rivalry is getting heated again.
"Mattias wasn't overly happy with an elbow to the head and I also know that it wasn't the first time during the course of the game that it occurred,'' general manager Dave Nonis said.
The Wild were upset with the slash on Koivu, one of their best forwards.
And Minnesota's 6-foot-7, 258-pound enforcer Derek Boogaard took exception to the apparent mistreatment of his star teammates by several Canucks.
"Their so-called agitators were taking liberties,'' he said. "As soon as I stepped on the ice, they just sort of spread out and scattered to their holes almost. They don't want to come near me or talk to me. But they think they can slash and stick and punch our skill guys. I'm not going to stand for it.''
"Maybe I can go after, or check Naslund and those Pinky and the Brain twins,'' Boogaard said.
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