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ST. PAUL – Sharks forward Mike Brown will miss his third straight game on Sunday, as he continues to recover from what the team is calling a lower body injury.
Brown continues to skate, though, and is hopeful that the injury won’t keep him out for very long. He was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.
“I think it’s just something that happened over time. I’m not sure,” Brown said, without getting into specifics. “I think it’s a quick fix, I hope it’s a quick fix. I guess we’re going to figure something out when we get home. It’s all we can do now.”
Does he just need rest, or will he require some sort of medical procedure?
“I think it’s rest. We also never really know. We have to talk about it here. We’ve been trying to do a lot of things. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The timing is particularly unfortunate for Brown, who was coming off of arguably his best game with the Sharks on Tuesday in Toronto. Brown, who had been in and out of the lineup before playing six straight, scored the Sharks’ first goal on a tip-in. After the 4-2 win, head coach Todd McLellan said Brown’s line with Andrew Desjardins and James Sheppard was “the difference in the game.”
“Every time you get hurt, it sucks,” Brown said. “We were kind of establishing something. It sucks to be out. I just have to heal up, fix it, and get back at it.”
In 13 games wth the Sharks since an October trade with Edmonton, Brown has two goals and an assist for three points and 19 penalty minutes.