Oilers' Smid dodges two bullets
ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
PHILADELPHIA — You need an awfully long stick to get an assist from the dressing room, which is where Ladislav Smid should have spent the last 47 minutes of Tuesday's game.
Smid caught two breaks on his lame brained hit from behind on Philly centre Darroll Powe — he wasn't thrown out of the game and Powe wasn't seriously injured.
"I thought I was going to the lockerroom, too," said Smid, whose hit was straight out of the video of what not to do, catching Powe right in the numbers a few feet away from the boards. "It was a bad decision. I thought I'd put him on the glass, but when I got closer he kind of bent over and I kind of finished the hit.
"I shouldn't have done that. As soon as I touched him I knew he was going. I felt bad, obviously. I'm not out there to hurt anybody, just playing hard."
SHELL SHOCK: Devan Dubnyk might as well have punched a bees nest. He hasn't been swarmed like that in years.
"They were coming, coming hard," said Dubnyk, after his team was outshot 17-1, but only outscored 2-0, in the first period Tuesday in Philadelphia. "They were throwing lots of pucks to the net, making lots of plays.
"I felt OK, it's my job to not worry about what's going on the game, just to try and stop the puck."
LEARNING BY DOING: Alex Plante was on the ice for the first three Flyer goals, two at even strength, one on the power play, but head coach Tom Renney kept throwing him out there.
"We have to make sure that people experience everything that this game has to offer," he said. "We have to play our guys. There's only one way to learn and that's by playing."