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Morrison solid for Flames

Brendan Morrison celebrates after scoring the Flames forth goal against the Edmonton Oilers during...

Brendan Morrison celebrates after scoring the Flames forth goal against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, October 26, 2010. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Just imagine how Brendan Morrison will do when he truly feels comfortable.

For a guy admitting still coming to terms with the fact hes part of the Calgary Flames, hes already exceeding expectations.

It still feels a little bit odd pulling the red jersey on, but Im coming around to it, Morrison admitted after Tuesday nights 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. Im appreciative this team gave me a chance. Things didnt work out in Vancouver, but so far things have gone well.

Well? Try stupendous. Outstanding. Unbelievable.

Morrison scored two more goals, once shorthanded and once on the powerplay, to get him back the point-per-game pace, with nine points (3-6-9) in as many outings.

Not bad for a player signed just before the season started and shortly after he was released from a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

Against the Oilers, he was front and centre with all kinds of plays. Morrison netted two goals, but should have had more. He hit the post on a second-period powerplay, and also was denied on the first of his two shorthanded breakaway chances.

I dont know if Ive had two breakaways from the blueline in over the last 10 years. Its been a while, said the 35-year-old vet.

The Canucks and Flames have both hit the nine-game mark, and Morrison has more points than any Canuck not named Sedin.

During the clubs recent road trip, he was moved to the third line with Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross, and hasnt missed a beat.

When youre a younger guy, you get caught up in Am I on the first line? Am I on the second line? Am I on the third line? Eventually, you just go out and play. These guys have given me a chance, shown some confidence in me by putting me on the powerplay and penalty kill. When youre given the opportunity and guys are believing in you, you want to reward them.

You want to show you appreciate it and make the best of the situation.

Hes doing it by leading the Flames in scoring.

Oh, its early in the season, Morrison shrugged. Weve got guys that over the long haul are going to make pushes in that category. To me, the most important thing is just winning.

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