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Lesson learned: Oilers’ Smid

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

Ladislav Smid considers it a lessons learned.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman figures he should have known better than to take Sean Avery at his word, and then take his eyes off him.

The New York Rangers agitator plays by his own set of rules, which often contravenes anything resembling sportsmanship.

“For sure,” said Smid on Friday. “I was just trying to standup for my teammate. (Colin) Fraser got crushed by Avery, and I tried to stand up for him. But I didn’t want to take an instigator penalty because we were down 5-2 and I thought we had a chance to come back.

“After that, it just happened. It’s a good lesson for me, for next time.”

On Sunday, Smid was caught unaware by Avery, who turned down an invitation to fight after delivering a clean hit along the boards on Fraser.

After getting turned down, Smid began to turn his attention back to the play when Avery surprised him and connected with a right hook to his chin.

“I asked him if he wanted to go and he said ‘Next shift’,” Smid said. “Then when I started to turn away, he went after me. It was a little bit of a cheap play, but I should be smarter than that, I should have expected something like that, especially from someone like him.

“I’m going to be smarter next time. I know his past. That’s what he does, he waits until you’re not really ready and then he jumps you in order to take that advantage.”

Smid suffered a concussion on the play has been forced to miss the last two games, including Friday’s contest against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

Smid probably won’t be ready to go when the Oilers travel to Anaheim to face the Ducks on Sunday, but he’s not ruling out a possible return Tuesday in Phoenix against the Coyotes.

“I feel good, I rode the bike really hard yesterday and I didn’t have any symptoms,” Smid said. “I did a neuro psych test (Thursday) and everything seems to be good.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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