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
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
”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
”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
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
”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
”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