EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Raffi Torres and Ryan Smyth gave the Edmonton
Oilers' power play a big lift -- at the Florida Panthers' expense.
Torres and Smyth scored with the man advantage to lead the Oilers to a 4-2
victory over Florida on Tuesday night.
"The power play has been struggling and it's good to see that we got a
couple tonight," Torres said. "Hopefully, the fans will lay off a little
Three minutes into a four-minute advantage during the second period, Torres
got to the net and banged a loose puck past Roberto Luongo. Smyth scored 22
seconds into the third, tipping Eric Brewer's point shot past Luongo.
The power-play goals were Edmonton's first in eight games since a 2-1 home
loss to Calgary on Dec. 28.
"I don't even remember the last time we scored a power-play goal,"
defenseman Eric Brewer said. "It's nice to get a couple tonight."
Cory Cross and Fernando Pisani also scored in Edmonton's first win at Rexall
Place since a 4-3 decision over Pittsburgh on Dec. 6. Adam Oates and Shawn
Horcoff added two assists each.
Mike Van Ryn and Valeri Bure scored for Florida, which was outshot 28-16.
Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo faced just one shot in the first period, while
Luongo was peppered with 16.
"We weren't prepared and that's the coach's fault, to be honest," Panthers
coach Rick Dudley said. "We were awful in the first period. We took some
penalties, which obviously put us back, but we were just awful in the first
"I mean, we're playing for a playoff spot and that should be motivation
enough to come out and play hard. Tonight, we didn't do it, starting with
myself, all the way down to the last guy in this locker room. We didn't deserve
any points in this one."
Edmonton scored a rare first goal at 8:32 of the opening period on Cross's
sixth of the season. Oates won a draw to the right of Luongo and Cross
unleashed a high slap shot.
Shortly after the opening goal, tempers flared with Edmonton already on a
power-play. Florida's Byron Ritchie got into a fight with Oilers defenseman
Steve Staios, and Ritchie received penalties for slashing, instigating and
fighting along with a 10-minute misconduct. That left the Oilers with a
four-minute man advantage, which Torres capped with his 13th goal on the
Van Ryn brought the Panthers within one at 14:20 of the second, but Pisani
replied less than a minute later to restore Edmonton's two-goal lead.