Torres and Smyth scored with the man advantage to lead the
Oilers to a 4-2 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.
"The power play has been struggling and it's good to see that
we got a couple tonight," Torres said. "Hopefully, the fans will
lay off a little bit."
Three minutes into a four-minute advantage during the second
period, Torres got to the net and banged a loose puck past Roberto
Luongo. Smyth scored 22 seconds into the third, tipping Eric
Brewer's point shot past Luongo.
The power-play goals were Edmonton's first in eight games since
a 2-1 home loss to Calgary on Dec. 28.
"I don't even remember the last time we scored a power-play
goal," defenseman Eric Brewer said. "It's nice to get a couple
Mike Van Ryn and Valeri Bure scored for Florida, which was
outshot 28-16. Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo faced just one shot in
the first period, while Luongo was peppered with 16.
"We weren't prepared and that's the coach's fault, to be
honest," Panthers coach Rick Dudley said. "We were awful in the
first period. We took some penalties, which obviously put us back,
but we were just awful in the first period.
"I mean, we're playing for a playoff spot and that should be
motivation enough to come out and play hard. Tonight, we didn't do
it, starting with myself, all the way down to the last guy in this
locker room. We didn't deserve any points in this one."
Edmonton scored a rare first goal at 8:32 of the opening period
on Cross's sixth of the season. Oates won a draw to the right of
Luongo and Cross unleashed a high slap shot.
Shortly after the opening goal, tempers flared with Edmonton
already on a power-play. Florida's Byron Ritchie got into a fight
with Oilers defenseman Steve Staios, and Ritchie received penalties
for slashing, instigating and fighting along with a 10-minute
misconduct. That left the Oilers with a four-minute man advantage,
which Torres capped with his 13th goal on the season.
Van Ryn brought the Panthers within one at 14:20 of the second,
but Pisani replied less than a minute later to restore Edmonton's
Edmonton was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Florida was
0-for-3 ... Prior to the game, Smyth was presented with the Molson
Cup for the most three stars nominations in December. ... Ritchie
also fought Scott Ferguson.
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Craig Spada, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Cory Cross (6)
Assists: Adam Oates, Zack Stortini
Raffi Torres (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Eric Brewer
Mike Van Ryn (7)
Assist: Viktor Kozlov
Fernando Pisani (4)
Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Zack Stortini
Ryan Smyth (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Eric Brewer, Adam Oates
Valeri Bure (13)
Assists: Mike Van Ryn, Jay Bouwmeester