January 27, 2014

Ryan Smyth Ties Wayne Gretzky For PP Goals With Edmonton Oilers

History was made in Edmonton's 5-1 victory over Nashville on Sunday night. Oilers legend Ryan Smyth scored 1 power play goal, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for second in franchise history with 125 man advantage markers. Glenn Anderson is the only Oiler with more PP goals - 126.

Everyone is a Ryan Smyth fan, if not for his long and classy run as the face of the post-dynasty Oilers then for his unending devotion to Team Canada. 

With his jersey half tucked and his unique crossovers, his skating very much reminds me of Wayne Gretzky. That sentiment alone endears him to me, but it his energetic and fearless play that makes him so well respected. He has absorbed a lot of pain over the years by just hanging around the crease looking for deflections, rebounds and loose pucks, quietly taking whatever punishment the defense hands him. 

He was also a strong battler along the boards. His physical prowess underrated his puck abilities. He was very much an intelligent and poised puck mover, even under the most pressured situations.

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