Ryan Smyth scores 2 goals; Oilers blank Flames 2-0

Ryan Smyth didn’t need a stick to score the goal that mattered

most to Edmonton.

The Oilers used a 27-save shutout by Devan Dubnyk and a pair of

goals by Smyth to beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Friday.

Smyth, who also scored into an empty net with six seconds left,

had a fortunate bounce to open the scoring in the first period.

With Smyth at the top of the goal crease, Ales Hemsky fired puck

from the corner that hit Smyth in the chest and bounced past

Calgary’s Reto Berra.

There was a lengthy video review, but the goal was upheld.

”When you get a goal like that, light the light and keep them

at zero,” Dubnyk said. ”We did a good job, especially toward the

end of game when they were pushing to get one, we didn’t give them

much.”

It was Smyth’s first goals in 14 games.

”Smitty battled throughout the game tonight, I thought he was

really working,” Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said.

Less than three minutes before Smyth’s goal, it appeared Calgary

had taken the first lead when Mark Giordano fired a shot through

the pads of Dubnyk.

However, as the Flames celebrated the goal, the cheers from the

crowd quickly turned to boos when the goal was being waved off for

incident contact with the goalie by Flames center Joe Colborne.

”It’s a great call,” Dubnyk said. ”I know, obviously being

here, nobody likes it, but it would have been an easy one for him

to let go because it wasn’t too noticeable, but he comes through

the crease and spins me sideways on the original play.

”If he hadn’t done that, then I wouldn’t have been sprawling

and stretching, and it wouldn’t have gone under my arm.”

Colborne didn’t see the play unfold in quite the same way.

”To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice touching the

goalie. I thought Gio made a really nice fake and because Dubynk

was screened, he bit on it then needed to reset himself so he was

kind of scrambling and Gio got off a good shot,” Colborne

said.

”To get that first goal of the game was pretty big and we’re

coming back to celebrate with the rest of our team and then you see

them waving it off.

”It’s frustrating but regardless, you have to score more than

one goal usually anyway so even if that one counted, we still have

to go out and play the rest of the game.”

Dubnyk earned his second shutout of the season and eighth of his

career.

”It’s always fun to play here,” said Dubnyk, who played his

minor hockey in Calgary. ”I’ve lived a lot of years here and it’s

always fun to win. This is the first shutout here, so it’s extra

special.”

Edmonton, which won consecutive games for the first time in more

than a month, will go for three victories in a row Saturday night

when it hosts the Philadelphia Flyers.

Calgary has split the first two games on its five-game

homestand. Next up is the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

”The bottom line is we didn’t play a very good game. We didn’t

give ourselves a chance to win. Here’s one game that I didn’t think

we had our usual jump,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said.

Edmonton moved within five points of the Flames in the Western

Conference standings.

”You have to give them credit, they are a hard-working team,

but by no means are we going to lay down and be pushed over,”

Smyth said. ”We’re a team that’s going to fight and claw and try

and get ourselves bumping up in the standings, one game at a time

and we did it tonight.”

It was the third meeting between the two provincial rivals and

the third straight goaltending matchup between Dubnyk and Berra.

They had split the first two.

Six minutes into the third period, Giordano nearly tied the game

but had his shot from the point go off Dubnyk’s glove and then hit

the crossbar.

”We didn’t get the bounces tonight but we weren’t good enough.

We have to generate more and find ways to score,” Giordano said.

”For too long of periods of time, we were standing around and not

moving our feet enough.”

Berra had 26 saves to fall to 5-9-2. All five of his wins have

come in overtime or a shootout.

Notes: Flames RW Lee Stempniak has no goals in nine games and

two in 21 games since returning from a foot injury. He had four

goals in 10 games when he got hurt. … Edmonton D Andrew Ference

played in NHL game No. 800. … Neither C Roman Horak nor D Martin

Marincin, recalled from Oklahoma City on Thursday, were in

Edmonton’s lineup.