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Morrison's appearance is in 'books'

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- It's not exactly the way Mike Morrison envisioned it, but he's in the NHL record books, and that's forever.

Seven years and change after the Edmonton Oilers selected Morrison 186th in the 1998 Entry Draft, the soft-spoken stopper from Medford, Massachusetts made his first NHL appearance against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center Monday.

MOPPING UP

Sent in to mop up for workhorse Jussi Markkanen in a 4-0 loss, Morrison's initial entry in the books for a regular season game reads: 18:12 of playing time, three saves, no goals allowed and a perfect 1.000 saves-percentage with no decision.

"I just wanted to get out there," said Morrison. "Obviously, the boys had a tough game.

"Maybe it was a way to ease into it and get a feel for it. I really can't say it was fun. I really can't say it was a disappointment. It was me going to work and that's it."

Morrison, 26, who was summoned from Greenville of the ECHL Oct. 24, has been a good company man for the Oilers while biding his time, splitting last season between Greenville and the AHL Road Runners.

After an outstanding training camp, one in which he had a 0.48 goals-against average and .978 saves percentage but was caught behind Ty Conklin and Markkanen, Morrison went 1-1-0 in the ECHL before being recalled.

WAITING FOR A START

Now, he's waiting for his first start. That's something that could come Friday against the Blue Jackets. Then again, the way Markkanen has been playing, he could be sitting awhile.

"I definitely want that start. I know it will come," Morrison said. "I know I'm ready. Monday, even though I didn't get much work, the way I felt out there reassured me I'll be ready when it comes."


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