Smyth, who will join teammate Chris Pronger on the Canadian
Olympic men's hockey team, tipped Marc-Andre Bergeron's point shot
past Curtis Sanford in the first period, and shoveled a puck past
Sanford in the third for his team-leading 27th goal heading into
the Olympic break.
"Our lineup was pretty depleted," Pronger said. "This was a
big point for us."
Forward Jarret Stoll extended his career-high scoring streak to
nine games with an assist on Torres' opening goal at 3:47.
Stempniak tied the score at 6:05 before Smyth tipped in Bergeron's
point shot to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead 23 seconds later.
"I was impressed with how we bounced back," said Oilers coach
Craig MacTavish. "It was a big goal by Georges."
Tkachuk's power-play goal at 13:29 chased Morrison in favor of
Jussi Markkanen, who made 14 saves.
After Stempniak gave the Blues a 3-2 lead with the only goal of
the second period, Smyth's second goal early in the third tied the
game. McClement scored at 16:24 to put the Blues ahead before
Laraque notched his second of the season at 17:37 to force
Edmonton centre Shawn Horcoff was briefly taken from the ice in
the second period following a head-to-head collision with Hemsky,
who also went to the locker-room but returned soon after. Hemsky,
an Olympian with the Czech Republic, finished with two assists.
A Canadian flag autographed by season ticket holders was
presented to Smyth and Pronger before the game. ... Pronger has a
cracked bone in his right foot but says he won't miss his third
Olympics. ... Edmonton forward Ethan Moreau (sprained ankle) and
defensemen Igor Ulanov (ribs) and Dick Tarnstrom (respiratory
infection) also sat out. ... Eight Blues who played Sunday didn't
start the season with the team. ... Drake has gone 22 games without
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Stephane Auger, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Pare
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Raffi Torres (21)
Assist: Jarret Stoll
Lee Stempniak (8)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Jay McClement
Ryan Smyth (27)
Assists: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Ales Hemsky
Keith Tkachuk (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Young, Petr Cajanek
Lee Stempniak (9)
Assists: Jay McClement, Barret Jackman
Ryan Smyth (28)
(Power Play) Assists: Chris Pronger, Ales Hemsky
Jay McClement (4)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Keith Tkachuk
Georges Laraque (2)
Assists: Jaroslav Spacek, Shawn Horcoff
No scoring this period
Jay McClement shootout attempt against Michael Morrison with a Snapshot results in a SAVE!
Ales Hemsky shootout attempt against Curtis Sanford with a Snapshot results in a SAVE!
Keith Tkachuk shootout attempt against Michael Morrison with a Snapshot results in a SAVE!
Ryan Smyth shootout attempt against Curtis Sanford with a Backhand results in a SAVE!
Dennis Wideman shootout attempt against Michael Morrison with a Backhand results in a GOAL!
Fernando Pisani shootout attempt against Curtis Sanford with a Backhand results in a SAVE!