Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reporting from Munich, Germany

It was Ryan Smyth appreciation night and to celebrate his return to Edmonton, the Oilers organization gave away Smyth bobble-heads to all 16,000 + fans at Rexall Place.  And if you believe in magic...perhaps the bobble-head was responsible for the Oilers come back win versus the Predators. 

Nevertheless, spearheaded by the Mullet Man,  Ryan Smyth posted a goal and an assist on Ryan Jones' open-netter in the third, to help his club lift past the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-1.  Oilers Captain Shawn Horcoff also made his presence known by capping off his night with 3 assists commented on his clubs 3rd period efforts.

"I was impressed with the effort we come out with in the third. We really took it to them.  The power-player goal got us the momentum and we able to go from there.  It was a a really good win for us, and hopefully a momentum-builder going forward."

Sergei Kostitsyn opened the scoring when he wristed a shot past Nikolai Khabibulin early in the second.  Late in the second, the Oilers pressed for the tying goal and it was Taylor Hall who nearly converted on a spin-around shot but was denied by Pekka Renne to keep the game at 1 nothing.

In the third, the Oilers were granted a power-play opportunity and the #1 draft choices  immediately went to work. Taylor Hall shelved his first of the year after converting on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins brilliant feed from the half boards to set the game at even.

2 minutes later and on the transition, Shawn Horcoff found fellow veteran Ryan Smyth flying down the left wing and Captain Canada then neatly deked Rinne out-of-his-jock-strap to make it 2-1.

With the net empty late in the third Ryan Smyth went in on a 3 on 1 with Horcoff and Jones as the trio played keep-away with the lone defender, but it was Jones who decided put the game out  of reach for the Preds.

Nikolai Khabibulin recorded his first of the season and turned aside 25 shots to Rinne's 12.

The Oilers now gear up for the Battle of Alberta tonight in Calgary.

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