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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton



(Saturday, April 12th)

Final Score: Edmonton 5, Vancouver 2

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The final game of his career didn't include a point, but it did include a fond farewell as Ryan Smyth skated off the ice.

The only mark the longtime Edmonton left wing had on the scoresheet was a roughing minor in the second period, but he did get to see the team he played for for much of his career get the win as the Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2.

Smyth's last shift on the ice, his 24th of the game, saw him finish out the contest and he took a standing ovation from the crowd, handshakes from the Canucks players and staff, who came back out on the ice, congratulations from his teammates and lastly, an embrace with his wife and kids on the ice before walking into the locker room for a final time.

"I soaked every moment of it in," said Smyth. "It was an awesome experience and something I will never forget for the rest of my life. I am proud to have worn this jersey, and every other jersey I've ever worn.

Selected sixth overall by the Oilers in the 1994 draft, Smyth played with the team until being traded to the Islanders in February of 2007 after the team was unable to come to terms with the forward on an extension.

He then split the next four seasons with the Avalanche and Kings before coming back to the Oilers in a trade in 2011.

The 38-year-old ranks fifth in franchise history with 296 goals, second in games played at 971 and tied with Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson for first in power-play goals with 126.

"These are the best fans in the world and they love their hockey, I tip my hat to them," said Smyth.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Will Acton each posted a goal and an assist while Jeff Petry, Roman Horak and Jordan Eberle all scored for the Oilers (29-44-9), who finished dead last in the Western Conference and third worst, overall. Ben Scrivens stopped 40 shots.

Zack Kassian and Shawn Matthias each posted a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have lost their last three. Jacob Markstrom gave up all five goals on 22 shots in the loss.

"We have too many breakdowns in front of our net," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella. "The guys know what to do around the rest of the ice, but we just don't protect the middle and it's unacceptable."

Horak scored 2:14 into the game on a one-timer off a centering feed from Steven Pinizzotto, and Petry made it a 2-0 game at 13:17 of the first with a shot from the slot.

Acton lit the lamp at 2:14 of the second on a loose puck in the slot for a 3-0 lead, but the Canucks got on the board three minutes later when his dribble got past Scrivens.

Eberle's power-play goal at 16:06 gave the Oilers a 4-1 advantage going into the second intermission.

Nugent-Hopkins made it a 5-1 game just 1:35 into the third, while Kassian scored in the final seconds to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Smyth totaled 386 goals and 456 assists over 1,270 NHL games, adding 28 goals and 31 assists in 93 playoff games ... Edmonton went 16-22-3 at home this season ... Vancouver was 16-20-5 as the guests ... The Canucks close their season at home on Sunday versus Calgary ... Vancouver won three of the five games against Edmonton this season.

04/13 01:58:36 ET

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MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 82
TOR 75
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
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TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
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NYM 5
DET 4
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SDP 5
CWS 0
 
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CHC 2
CIN 5
 
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CLE 9
KAN 11
 
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MIL 1
LOS 10
 
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TEX 3
SFG 12
 
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LOS 7
SEA 4
 
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ANA 3
COL 0
 
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ARI 2
OAK 7
 
6th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
4th
IND 70
CHI 68
 
4th
WAS 90
MIA 73
 
4th
ORL 97
SAC 92
 
4th
CHA 82
TOR 75
 
4th
PHI 55
UTA 64
 
Half
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 43
BOS 46
 
2nd
HOU 41
DET 38
 
2nd
MEM 39
LAL 36
 
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BRK 31
PHO 32
 
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SAN 24
DEN 18
 
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MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
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CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
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WICHS 56
SILL 45
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WINT 67
 
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ILLST 71
EVAN 67
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HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
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UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
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ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 70
AKR 67
 
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BUF 61
BGU 59
 
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DART 61
BRO 65
 
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WMICH 63
CMICH 53
 
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PENN 39
CLMB 32
 
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PRIN 59
CORN 51
 
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OU 59
ILLCH 62
 
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OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
2nd
BST 42
NILL 45
 
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EMICH 75
TOL 53
 
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NIOWA 68
BRAD 41
 
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MURST 47
MORE 40
 
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YALE 22
 
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FUR 11
 
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NJD 1
CLB 3
 
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CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
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DET 2
CAL 2
 
1st
CHI 0
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