IN his first full game this season RYan SMyth was ineffective, as the Minnesota Wild shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 last Tuesday.
Marian Gaborik had a pair for the Wild, while Jay-Z had one. Earning the shutout was Vlad.
Oilers coach Craig Mactavish was not pleased with the effort his Oilers put in, particularly RYan SMyth.
"If he's gonna play a full game like that, then we don't want him to play all the time," said MActavish of SMyth's effort. "HE played almost 30 minutes and had a whole two shots on goal. That's not what we expect from a star of his calbire."
THe best Oilers player all night was Paul COffey, who was robbed of a pair of possible goals.
Early in the first, Coffey fired a point shot past Vlad, but the referee missed the Wild goalie pulling the puck back over the line. No replay was available due to the continuing TV camera operators lockout.
Also, late in the third Vlad robbed Coffey right in the slot when COffey tried to hammer a shot past him. Vlad threw up the glove, however, preserving the shutout.
"HE's old, but damnit he's still a leader out there," said MActavish. "If that's the kind of effort we're gonna get from these older guys, Im gonna look into bringing in a few of the guys playing on the NHL alumni team," he further hinted.
PHILI AT EDMONTON
The Edmonton Oilers took a pounding on Thursday.
With the Philadelphia FLyers visiting Edmonton, the Oilers were bombed in a 7-0 loss.
Rookie goalie/TIm Hortons bitch MIke Davis was brutal in net, allowing all seven goals on just 15 shots against.
"Not good. This is the kind of stuff we would have expected him to do last year when he was playing in a $#$#@@#$ beer league," said MActavish. "I would've rather had Harvey the Hound in net tonight."
Flyers forward Keith PRimeau had five points, tallying four goals and assisting on another. Rounding out the scoring were Jeremy ROenick, Danny Markov and Simon Gagne.
"Yah, I am good. I know it," said a stuck up Primeau. "With a win like this, maybe I won't cry about playing here after a few years like I did in Detroit and Carolina."
Sean Burke earned the shutout for the Flyers.
Oilers captain Jason Smith shook his head after the game, refusing to comment on his team's efforts.
"We're looking forward to hosting the Habs," said SMith of the OIlers' game on New YEars DAy.
CANADIANS AT EDMONTON
THe Edmonton Oilers treated the Montreal Canadiens like they were an expansion team.
After being outscored 10-0 in their past two games, the Oilers defeated Montreal 5-1.
"This is what I'm looking for. The boys finally put it all together," said MActavish. "It helped to have a new face in net."
That new face, was one of the "oldies"... goalie MIke Davis has been released and Grant Fuhr has been signed to the team for the rest of the season.
"It was nice to be back. IF that's the kind of quality I'm going to be facing, then sign me up for a couple of more years," said FUhr, now 42, donning a hair do similar to that when he was drafted ( http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/ind03fuhr.htm hard to believe it fit under the helmet).
Ryan SMyth redeemed himself, scoring a pair of goals and earning an assist for the Oilers. Other scorers, all with singles, were call-uip Robbie Schremp, who was drafted in 2004, Radek Dvorak and Brad Isbister.
"Smyth showed some leadership. We need that game in, game out now," said Mactavish.
Edmonton hosts San Jose tomorrow.
NOTES: RUmblings have it, Mactavish may bring back Jari Kurri to play with Smyth and Radek Dvorak. The Oilers are talking to a few alumni about making a comeback.