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Comrie sinks Canucks

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Well, he didn't come here to be average.

And Mike Comrie isn't.

The former Oiler turned current Oiler scored the first two Edmonton goals last night to up his exhibition total to 10 points, staking claim to the club's preseason scoring lead and serving notice that he's going to be more than just a feel-good story.

HERE TO HELP

"The first thing I said when I signed here is that I'm going to try to improve this club," Comrie said after a 5-4 overtime victory over the previously undefeated Vancouver Canucks.

"If I'm a guy who scores some goals and plays some important minutes and helps win some games ... that's what we're all here for."

It was a night of standout performances on a lot of fronts, from Ales Hemsky (two assists) and Shawn Horcoff (goal and an assist) to J.F. Jacques (goal and an assist) and Lubomir Visnovsky (an out-of-this-world assist and a plus-three).

But Comrie's two goals in the first period helped get the ball rolling.

STRUGGLED LAST YEAR

After struggling through injuries last season, he says he's ready to be a game-breaker again.

"Two years ago, I led my team in scoring," he said. "I feel healthy. It's been fun to play here again. Everybody who plays here has a lot of pride in this organization, myself included."

He also takes pride in his all-around game.

"I think the biggest thing is that defensively I was on for only one goal against in the whole preseason. You have to take pride in that. You might not be the biggest guy, but you have to be in the right position."


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