Brendan has had a slow start down in Disney country. He’s recovering from an injury and playing with new teammates in a different system. But things are getting better.
The L.A. Times, the L.A. Daily News and Orange Country Register describe his improvement:
LOS ANGELES TIMES
MATTERS ARE IMPROVING FOR DUCKS’ BRENDAND MORRISON
Morrison, a free agent signee this summer, burst up ice as defenseman Chris Pronger forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Pronger fed Todd Marchant, who sent a laser-like pass to Morrison for a slick tap-in.
“I just have to continue to build and be consistent,” Morrison said.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
MORRISON COMES UP BIG IN DUCKS WIN
FORWARD PRODUCED BY FAR HIS BIGGEST MOMENT IN A SO-FAR DISAPPOINTING SEASON
Morrison produced by far his biggest moment in a so-far disappointing season when he snapped a third-period tie by converting during a goal-mouth scramble at 17:23 as the Ducks earned a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center.
Signed to a $2.75 million, free-agent contract to anchor a second scoring line, Morrison has struggled mightily while attempting to bounce back from April surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He had only two goals and six points in 27 games before Wednesday.
“Yeah, it feels good to contribute, especially to help the team win,” Morrison said. “The first part of the year has been very frustrating. I’m not going to say it’s a total write-off, but a lot of thinking goes into this kind of start.
“I’m planning on having a good second half. My leg’s been feeling much better here the last couple weeks. If I have a good finish, no one will really remember the start.”
L.A. DAILY NEWS
MORRISON GETS UNTRACKED IN DUCKS VICTORY
by J.P. Hoornstr
ANAHEIM – The game started the way the season has started for Brendan Morrison, and these days that’s not a good thing.
Shortly after the Ducks center scored the winning goal Wednesday against the St.Louis Blues – just his third goal of the season – Morrison neatly summed up his motto for this year.
“If you have a strong finish,” he said, “no one really remembers the start.”
Morrison’s goal, with 2:37 left in the third period, and an empty-netter by Chris Kunitz with 3.7 seconds remaining, gave a very close game a deceptive 4-2 final score. It also gave the 33-year-old Morrison something to build on before the Ducks travel to San Jose to face one of their toughest opponents all season.
Every opponent seems to have been a difficult test for Morrison, who hasn’t completely recovered from offseason knee surgery and has just three goals and sevenpoints through his first 28 games as a Duck.
“A lot of nights it’s a grind,” Morrison said. “My legs are coming. It’s frustrating when you don’t see any results, but you have to stick with it. You can’t hang your head. It would be easy to do that.”
The Ducks didn’t back down after St. Louis (12-12-3) tied the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal by Brad Boyes at 12:53 of the final period.
Despite failing to convert several chances on a power play a couple minutes later, it was Morrison who put a second-chance shot past Blues goalie Chris Mason.
“It’s great to see Brendan Morrison make a contribution,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “I thought he and Todd Marchant missed quite a few opportunities. It’s nice to see at the end that their line got it done.”