Glass not kind to Oilers’ Smid's nose

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

Hasn’t scored in over a year, got jumped by Sean Avery and completed the hat trick Thursday by skating straight into the glass and breaking his nose.

“I don’t know if somebody put a curse on me or what,” said Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid, who looks like the president of the Tim Hunter fan club with his swollen, crooked beak.

“It was my mistake. I tried to hit (Jeff Halpern) and kind of toe-picked and smashed my face on the glass.

“Wasn’t fun. I saw him going slow to the corner and I wanted to hit him so I kind of sped up. He stopped and I caught his stick or skate or something. My feet stopped. I was so close to the boards I couldn’t even put my hands up. It’s pretty sore but I had a broken nose before.”

As for the goals, Smid hasn’t scored since Dec. 5, 2009. Thursday against Montreal was 78 games.

Then Taylor Chorney comes in and scores 27 minutes into the first game of his call up.

“I’m working on it, I’m trying to be more active, so far it’s not working for me goal-wise,” said Smid. “It’s kind of frustrating after a while. You’re trying not to think about it, but it’s sneaking in. I’m more worried about the team, I just want the team to be successful. Scoring is only in the back of my mind.

“I’ve got lots of shots lately. I don’t know. I’m going to have to watch some Scott Neidermayer or Paul Coffey highlights to figure out how to do it.”

Eberle on fire

You’d never know that Jordan Eberle missed a month with an ankle injury and emergency appendectomy. He has eight points in eight games since coming back.

“Sometimes stuff works and sometimes it doesn’t,” he said. “You can play just as well one day and have three points and you can play the same the next night and have zero. It all equals out in the end.

“I did a lot of conditioning and stuff while I was out and tried to stay in the best shape that I could so that when I did come back I’d be ready to go.

“And you definitely get a different perspective when you watch the games from up top. You see a lot more things.”

Fan appreciation

Once again, the Oilers were shaking their heads at the rabid support they get in Edmonton. Put a franchise that’s been losing for this many years, charges this much for tickets and bombards its fans with that many commercials, anywhere in the U.S. and it’s drawing 5,000 people, if it hasn’t folded already.

The Oilers sell out every night. Thursday against the Habs was like a playoff game.

“It’s pretty outstanding, quite honestly,” said Tom Renney. “We’re in 30th place and we haven’t been a great team at home. We’ve sure tried to be, but often times it doesn’t look very good.

“When we get that kind of support how can you not want to come back the next day and give even more of yourself.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca

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