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game recap

Coyotes 3, Oilers 0

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers played their first game of the post-Ryan Smyth era and they looked as if they could have used their leading scorer back - or maybe the guy whose number they retired.

Curtis Joseph made 26 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated Edmonton 3-0 on Tuesday after the Oilers retired Mark Messier's No. 11 and dealt away Smyth.

The Oilers, playing in vintage orange and blue jerseys from the team's 1980 Stanley Cup years, mustered just two shots in the first period compared with 10 for the Coyotes.

Fans cheered when the announcer sounded the last minute of play in each period and booed the home town team off the ice.

"Absolutely we deserved it," Oilers captain Jason Smith said. "We didn't come with the work ethic that we need."

Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders for former first-round picks Robert Nilsson (2003) and Ryan O'Marra (2005), along with the Islanders' first-round choice in this year's draft.

Angry fans chanted "Smytty! Smytty! Smytty!"

"Let's go Islanders!" shouted another, referring to Smyth's new team.

"It's been a pretty crazy day," sighed Oiler forward Fernando Pisani, who took Smyth's left wing spot on the first line alongside center Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.

The Coyotes went through their own roster makeover at the NHL trade deadline. They traded away key scorers Oleg Saprykin and Yanic Perreault along with tough guy Georges Laraque.

Coyote forward Jeremy Roenick said the Oilers seemed to have their minds somewhere else.

"You could tell their team was a little flat with everything that was going on with Mess. That took a little wind out of their sails," Roenick said. "And then when Ryan got traded, that's a gut-wrencher. We definitely saw that their eyes were wide open by that."

Coyote coach Wayne Gretzky, who knows all about being surprisingly dealt away by the Oilers, added: "It was an emotional day and they have emotional fans. I'm sure this wasn't an easy game to play."

Phoenix opened the scoring with just over six minutes left in the first period when the Oilers failed to clear the zone while shorthanded. Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris dished the puck to Owen Nolan in the slot, who fired a shot past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson for his 15th goal.

Phoenix extended the lead in the second on the power play, when Morris' point shot deflected to Yanick Lehoux at the side of the net. He fired the puck past Roloson for his first goal of the year.

Steven Reinprecht made it 3-0 minutes later when he turned Oilers defensemen Jan Hejda inside out before backhanding the puck through the goalie's pads. The boos rained down. By the middle of the third, a quarter of the fans had gone home.

The 16,839 fans, who rattled the girders with cheers as Messier skated around with the Stanley Cup in the pre-game ceremony, seemed to be spent as well. They made little noise when highlights of Messier goals were shown on the JumboTron during breaks in the action.

Edmonton is now 2-2 against the Coyotes and its playoff hopes are fading fast. The Oilers were nine points back of a playoff spot heading into play Tuesday night.

Notes: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid was a scratch after taking a knee in the thigh in a game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday . . . Oilers defenseman Dan Syvret made his first NHL appearance of the year after being called up from the American Hockey League, but was in the penalty box for Phoenix's first goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:52
PHX
PPG - Owen Nolan (15) Snap shot - ASST: Derek Morris (9), Shane Doan (19)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
04:34
PHX
PPG - Yanick Lehoux (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Morris (10), Jeff Taffe (1)
2 - 0 PHX
08:52
PHX
Steve Reinprecht (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Shane Doan (20)
3 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:14
EDM
Danny Syvret  Hooking against  Michael Zigomanis
2nd Period
03:04
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Josh Gratton
03:04
PHX
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
03:41
PHX
Nick Boynton  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
03:41
EDM
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Boynton
03:41
EDM
Jason Smith  Elbowing against  Nick Boynton
09:03
EDM
Steve Staios  Holding the stick against  Jeremy Roenick
17:23
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Boynton
17:23
PHX
Nick Boynton  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
18:05
PHX
Josh Gratton  Roughing against  Jason Smith
18:05
EDM
Zack Stortini  Misconduct (10 min)
18:05
EDM
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Josh Gratton
3rd Period
07:05
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Interference against  Joffrey Lupul
10:08
PHX
Shane Doan  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
10:26
PHX
Owen Nolan  Roughing against  Mathieu Roy
10:26
PHX
Nick Boynton  Slashing against  Mathieu Roy
12:07
EDM
Patrick Thoresen  Holding against  Steve Reinprecht
20:00
EDM
Steve Staios  Roughing
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 32TOI: 59:48
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0