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Ryan Smyth passes Wayne Gretzky in Oilers power play goals
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:00:46 +0000
Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - Ryan Smyth ignited an Edmonton Oilers rally to beat the New York Islanders, 3-2, Thursday at Rexall Place.
Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee had goals for the Islanders (24-32-9) before Ryan Smyth got his 126th power play goal as an Oiler at 8:28 of the final period.
The 38-year-old left winger tied for tops in franchise history with Glenn Anderson in power play goals to move ahead of Wayne Gretzky, who had 125 in his decade in Edmonton.
Philip Larsen tied the game with a nifty solo act at 16:53 before Taylor Hall then scored the winning goal at 2:29 of overtime after a great set up by Sam Gagner.
The Oilers have won two games in a row and are 7-2-2 in their past 11 games.
But Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was unhappy with his team's lackluster play.
"I'd rather we didn't wait until the last four minutes of the second period to get going," Eakins said of the Oilers.
Smyth acknowledged the slow starts are sabotaging the Oilers and have many times this season.
"It was unacceptable, we played terrible in the first two periods," Smyth said of the sloppy starts. "We've got to learn to play a full 60. We probably didn't deserve to win, but we found a way."
Smyth was in trade play Wednesday, but general manager Craig MacTavish couldn't move him to a Stanley Cup contender.
"I've known for about a month where I stood and to get this one was nice," said Smyth.
"I've played a lot longer than those guys (Gretzky and Anderson) and they set the bar high ... all you can do is try to match them. Those guys put the Oilers on the map," he added.
"You think Wayne knows you've beat him?" Smyth was asked.
"You'd have to ask Wayne but he knows his history ... he's got so many records, it's nice to be past him for this one."
Gretzky was in attendance after arriving in town for some corporate events Friday before his fantasy camp opens this weekend in Las Vegas.