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Oilers shutout the Flames 2-0 on goals by Ryan Smyth

Smyth and Hemsky celebrate the Game Winning Goal
Smyth and Hemsky celebrate the Game Winning Goal
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Pronunciation: /pɪˈdɛstrɪən/
adjective
lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.

The Oilers headed down the QE2 to Calgary to face the Flames in the Armistice of Alberta. The Flames played their typical style and forced the Oilers to play a very lacklustre game. The only upside in the game was when Ryan Smyth allowed an Ales Hemsky pass to bounce off of his shoulder and into the net.

I hope you didn't come here to read something more awe inspiring because that is truly the game in a nutshell.

Highlights

Ryan Smyth's Empty Net Goal

So why did I pick this goal? It was an empty net goal. It's nothing special, right? Well this goal moved Ryan Smyth one step closer to the all time power play goals leader for the Oilers. Moving him 1 goal behind Wayne Gretzky and 2 goals behind Glen Anderson. Ryan Smyth now has 3 power play goals on the year giving him 124 power play goals as an Oiler. And that is why the empty net goal is such a big deal.

One thing I should mention is that this goal wouldn't have happened if the linesmen didn't screw up on the icing call.

Tweet of the Game

This Tweet hit home with me on a couple levels.

Three Stars

  1. Ryan Smyth
  2. Devan Dubnyk
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins