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It's been a long time

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Rem Murray couldn't remember the last time he scored a goal.

But the Edmonton Oilers forward knew it had been a while.

Prior to scoring last night's opening goal in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, Murray had not found the net since Dec. 29, 2003.

"Thanks for reminding me; I appreciate that," Murray said following the game. "But if felt good to get one. I wasn't sure what to do, I don't know how to celebrate anymore, it had been a long time."

Murray, drawing into the lineup for the first time since March 28 against the Minnesota Wild, scored 24 seconds from the end of the first period on a feed from Fernando Pisani.

The goal was his first since returning to the Oilers lineup in early March, following a battle with a nerve disorder in his neck.

"I was impressed with his game," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "I guess the undercurrent of tonight's game was the fact you have four or five guys trying to get into the lineup for the playoffs.

"I was impressed with Rem's game, his positional game was good and it's a bonus that he put it in the back of the net. He played well and made a good case for him starting."

The game was Murray's ninth since his return to Edmonton. Prior to yesterday's goal, he had recorded just a single assist and had been a healthy scratch for the previous eight games.

"He's one of those guys who works hard and hasn't had too much to show for it," said Pisani. "It was nice to see him get that goal."


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