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Oilers down Canucks in Smyth's final game
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - The final game of his career didn't include a point, but it did include a fond farewell as Ryan Smyth skated off the ice.
The only mark the longtime Edmonton left wing had on the scoresheet was a roughing minor in the second period, but he did get to see the team he played for for much of his career get the win as the Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1.
Smyth's last shift on the ice, his 24th of the game, saw him finish out the contest and he took a standing ovation from the crowd, handshakes from the Canucks players and staff, who came back out on the ice, congratulations from his teammates and lastly, an embrace with his wife and kids on the ice before walking into the locker room for a final time.
Selected sixth overall by the Oilers in the 1994 draft, Smyth played with the team until being traded to the Islanders in February of 2007 after the team was unable to come to terms with the forward on an extension.
He then split the next four seasons with the Avalanche and Kings before coming back to the Oilers in a trade in 2011.
The 38-year-old ranks fifth in franchise history with 296 goals, second in games played at 971 and tied with Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson for first in power-play goals with 126.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Will Acton each posted a goal and an assist while Jeff Petry, Roman Horak and Jordan Eberle all scored for the Oilers (29-44-9), who finished dead last in the Western Conference and third worst, overall. Ben Scrivens stopped 40 shots.
Zack Kassian and Shawn Matthias each posted a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have lost their last three. Jacob Markstrom gave up all five goals on 22 shots in the loss.
04/13 00:51:16 ET