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Penner gets his ring

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

AHAHEIM -- Dustin Penner wasn't expecting a video tribute. Which was good because he didn't get one.

But he did pick up his Stanley Cup championship ring last night following the Oilers 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.

"I shook Burke's hand, he said 'Good luck' and that was it," Penner said. "I really didn't know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I'm done with this one and now I'm moving on to the next one."

Considering the circumstances surrounding Penner's departure from the Ducks, it's a wonder Burke didn't throw the ring at Penner down the hallway.

The six-foot-five, 245-pound forward signed a five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet from the Oilers this summer.

Burke refused to match it, but only after firing a number of verbal shots at Oilers general manger Kevin Lowe.

Last night Lowe and Burke were in the same building for the first time since the deal was made. Neither of them spoke to each other, instead electing to stay in their respective team boxes for the duration of the game.

Penner, meanwhile received a cold reception from the Ducks fans.

"I wasn't so much nervous," Penner said. "It's another hockey game, but it has more to do with the emotions that go through your mind.

"I was here for three years and every time you'd look over to the other bench you would go back to the past two or three years with the team. It's not the easiest thing to deal with."

Penner's return along with the fact Lowe decided to make the trip down to Anaheim, added a circus sideshow feel to the contest.

"It's good action," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "That's what it's all about rivalries and coming in here, trying to get your team fired up."


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