February 5, 2013
A lot of good went bad in Oilers loss

Ryan Smyth celebrated his first goal of the season Monday during the Oilers game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

EDMONTON - It would have been such a good story ...

If Ryan Smyth's short-handed goal, his first in 23 games and almost requiring a couple of sweepers to get it over the line, had held up for the winner.

Hurry? Hurry hard?

"Oh my gosh," said Smyth. "When I shot I fanned on it.

"I didn't see it until it started trickling in," he said of his first goal since March 10.

"I scored in the Spengler Cup," corrected Smyth of the Christmas tournament in Switzerland.

"I'm in a different role now. When I get good, solid chances I have to bury them. Anytime you lose players you have to have everybody stepping up," said Smyth of embracing both those things this game.

"It's a bad feeling, especially when you give up a 2-0 lead," he said of the 3-2 OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks.