« CatCam: Pete DeBoer, Edmonton Pregame 9/18/09 | Main | CatCam: Pete DeBoer, Edmonton Postgame 9/18/09 »

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

PICT0006

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.''

Comments