Comrie gets last laugh

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

OTTAWA -- With the number of Edmonton Oilers fans in the crowd, Mike Comrie figured he might be in for a rough ride.

However, the former Oiler got the last laugh last night scoring the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory.

"I saw enough Oiler jerseys to understand what was going on," Comrie said. "But it was nice to get the cheers from the Ottawa fans."

Comrie, playing his first game against the Oilers as a member of the Senators, heard a chorus of boos from the large contingent of Oiler fans in the building every time he touched the puck.

The boos were later drowned out by cheers from the Senators fans, who eventually picked up on why Comrie was being booed.

"I was shocked," said Senators head coach Bryan Murray.

"But I think he really looked good, he's skating real well. I thought he had real sharp legs. He was really heads up on the puck."

Since getting traded from the Phoenix Coyotes, Comrie has 13 points in 19 games with the Senators.

Last night the Edmonton native finished with 17:32 of ice time with a pair of shots and a minus-two rating.

He came very close to winning the game in overtime. It's as though the boos and the ensuing cheers spurred him on.

"You'd be surprised," Comrie said. "Normally you zone out the crowd and the noise. But sometimes in these games it picks up a little bit.

"It seemed like a playoff atmosphere. They have a lot riding on these last few games and we're fighting for position in our conference.

"You could feel the emotion in the way guys are playing."


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