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Brendan Morrison makes his first appearance at a Ducks training camp scrimmage after resting his surgically repaired knee

Tuesday, 09.23.2008 / 7:32 PM / Features
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Back in Action
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Brendan Morrison’s surgically repaired right knee received its strongest test yet, as the center participated in his first scrimmage at Ducks training camp on Tuesday.

Having sat out the daily intrasquad game in the previous three days at Anaheim ICE, Morrison re-emerged on the ice with his teammates Tuesday for the first time. Wearing a white practice jersey, the 10-year veteran showed no visible effects from the injury while skating on a line with Chris Kunitz and Matt Stafanishion.

“I felt fine,” said Morrison, who signed a one-year deal with the Ducks in the offseason after spending the last eight seasons in Vancouver. “Those first couple of shifts felt pretty quick out there, but after that it settled down. There were no issues.”

Morrison has been out of game action since March 26 when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee following a collision with former Duck Ruslan Salei at Colorado. Initially concerned with how he would adjust to the speed of the game after a long break, Morrison worked well with the pace in the scrimmage.

“I didn’t really feel like I was behind or anything like that,” Morrison said. “There is still a little bit of room for improvement in that area, but overall it was good.”

In his first look at Morrison in a game-like atmosphere, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle liked what he saw from the 33-year-old, a former Hobey Baker winner while at the University of Michigan.

“I didn’t really feel like I was behind or anything like that. There is still a little bit of room for improvement in that area, but overall it was good.” - Brendan Morrison
“He shows that he is a pro,” Carlyle said. “Our expectations are that he is going to come in, give a speed element and move the puck through the neutral ice.”

A picture of health before the 2007-08 season, Morrison played in 542 consecutive games before a wrist injury sidelined him before a Dec. 12 game at Anaheim and for a total of 38 contests  through March. 8. The season-ending knee injury came in just his ninth game back in the Canucks lineup.

Morrison played in a league-high 542 straight games in Vancouver before a wrist injury ended that string last year.
Morrison’s ironman streak, which started on Feb. 27, 2000 while with New Jersey, is the 11th longest in NHL history. The NHL record for consecutive games played is 946, held by former Montreal Canadien Doug Jarvis. Morrison would love to get started on a new streak and Tuesday’s scrimmage may be the first step toward making that happen.

“Hopefully, it’s done now,” Morrison said of the injuries. “I had a big run there where I was real healthy for a long time and played a lot of games in a row.  Maybe I dodged some bullets there, I don’t know. I definitely made up for it the last couple of years. Hopefully, now I can stay healthy.”

Notes
In the first half of the scrimmage while playing on the NHL rink at Anaheim ICE, left wing T.J. Trevelyan took a hard hit on the boards from defenseman Brennan Evans and was down on the ice for several minutes. He was able to skate off the ice shortly after, but did not return to the scrimmage. “He got crunched along the boards by a big man,” Carlyle said. “Hopefully the kid comes out of it. He was a little woozy for an extended period of time.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
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11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
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J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63


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