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U-G-L-Y: Edmonton Oilers 4, Florida Panthers 0 FINAL

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By GEORGE RICHARDS

EDMONTON -- Mike Comrie wasn't real popular when he left the Oilers in 2003, but he was a big hit upon his return to Rexall Place on Friday night.

Comrie, who resigned with the Oilers this offseason, notched three assists as Edmonton blew out the Panthers 4-0 in a preseason contest.

All four of Edmonton's goals came in the second period and all came against Tomas Vokoun.

Tyler Plante, who is competing for the Rochester starting job with Alexander Salak, pitched a scoreless third.

Florida was outshot 10-4 in the opening period and things got worse in the second.

''It was an ugly one. Our legs looked like we jogged here from Ottawa instead of flew,'' said coach Pete DeBoer, whose team played its fourth game in as many nights and fell to 2-2-0.

''We didn't have much in the tank and had a thin lineup anyway, a lot of AHL players. Give Edmonton credit though.''

The team didn't play with much life at all, save for Adam Keefe. Fighting to make the roster as a potential replacement for Nick Tarnasky (broken orbital bone), Keefe dropped the gloves twice in the first period. His second time out came in defense of defenseman Christian Backman who was dropped to the ice by J-F Jacques. Keefe missed the rest of the period, taking 17 minutes in penalties for instigating and fighting.

''He has the heart of a lion,'' said DeBoer, who coached Keefe for four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers. ''I know what he's about and that's why I recommended him to Randy to bring to camp. He's taking on guys 40-50 pounds heavier, 5-6 inches taller. It was good to have him out there.''

-- The Panthers are expected to send a few more of their junior league prospects back to their junior teams after Friday's game.

-- Florida, which is playing seven games in nine days, will only practice on Saturday before driving to Calgary for Sunday's preseason game against Olli Jokinen and Jay Bouwmeester.

''It's nice to have a day where there's no game or no travel,'' DeBoer said. ''Both teams flew halfway around the country. It'll be nice to stay in one spot for a few days.''

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This preseason schedule is about as horrid as it can be. The worst part is that they're going to be dead tired when they finally DO show up in Sunrise.

At least the youngin's got some work in. And most of our NHL level players got a break.

they talk about needing a fast start, if their legs are going to be too tired because of too many pre season games (more money for Yormark and Cohen) then why not do what the other teams do, that is play teams in a short travel span, to go to the Mountain Zone and then fly to Europe is just plain crazy. Thank you JM the GM for making this schedule, they should of stayed on the east coast, I guess the money offer was too much to turn down

whats going on with the message board on the panther site?

At least Deboer got a real good look at the AHL players. It looks like there is a lot of work to do in Rochester.

From what I saw Vokoun is the one who needs the work... 4 goals...

Then I guess you need to have your glasses fixed. Since 2 of the goals were on a 5 on 3 and the other two were definitely not T-Vo's fault. But you see what you want to see, never mind reality!

I completely agree...TVo had nothing to do with last night's loss...it was a debacle...

The Panthers' message board is up and running, but it's using a different, more cumbersome format. Here's the link:

http://fans.panthers.nhl.com/directory

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