Portland Pirates rookie Chris Brown summarized his team's attitude toward the postseason in succinct fashion:
"You can call us underdogs, you can call us anything you want, but we're ready for the challenge," said the 22-year-old draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes.
As the American Hockey League's 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs begin this weekend, Brown and his Pirates will face the Syracuse Crunch -- a squad made up of several players who won the Calder Cup last year in Norfolk, before an offseason affiliation change moved Tampa Bay's prospects to New York state.
"We're looking forward to it," Brown said. "We might as well play the best team in the league first and get it out of the way."