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Since Smyth's departure, Oilers keep digging to unearth identity

Updated: October 24, 2007, 1:14 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The evening began with a much-anticipated, heartfelt ovation and tears of gratitude from longtime Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth. It ended, almost as predictably, with another disappointing loss by the Oilers.

Smyth's most significant contribution of the evening was raising his stick in salute to the fans in sold-out Rexall Place but Smyth's Colorado Avalanche did manage to hang on for a 4-2 victory, their first road win of the season.

The Oilers?

They played ...

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