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EDMONTON - It wasnt much of a season, but the Edmonton Oilers managed to go out with a show-stopper to honour Ryan Smyth. White Air Max Online . Taylor Hall had three assists to hit 80 points on the season as the Oilers celebrated veteran forward Smyths final game in style, coming away with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. "It was a special night," said Hall."To get a win and a nice win was great. Smitty wanted to go out on a win and a high note. That was his message before the game. We won it for him and it was good to see. It was a night I will never forget." Roman Horak, Jeff Petry, Will Acton, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers (29-44-9) who snapped a two-game losing skid in their final game of the season. The win moved the Oilers up a draft spot, as they leapfrogged the Florida Panthers into 28th place overall with Tuesdays NHL draft lottery looming. The fans, however, were more interested in seeing Smyth go out on a win after a career that saw him total 386 goals, 456 assists and 842 points in 1,270 career games. Smyth, was unable to get the power-play goal that would have given him the franchise record, remaining in a tie with Glenn Anderson at 126 for his career. Smyth was loudly cheered all night and no show of respect could have been bigger than the Canucks players coming back out on the ice to shake his hand after the final whistle, before the sobbing Alberta native said goodbye to his coaches and teammates. "I soaked every moment of it in," Smyth said. "It was an awesome experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of putting on this jersey, and any jersey in the NHL. To see the fan appreciation form the start to the end… they are the best fans in the world. I am thoroughly honoured to stand up here today and say I enjoyed every moment." Shawn Matthias and Zack Kassian replied for the Canucks (35-35-11) who have not had a strong finishing run to their season, losing six of their last seven with one game still to be played. "We gave them too many primary scoring chances and a team like that theyre going to score," Kassian said. "We got a lot of shots, but we didnt get a lot of scoring chances for us." However, even the Vancouver players were mainly interested in talking about Smyths final night and how they were glad to be able to go up to him after the game and pay their respects. "We talked about having to do something for him," said captain Henrik Sedin. "Hes been such a big part of the Oilers, you talk about a lot of big names and hes up there with the best. It was fun to be a part of it." "Its terrific," added Canucks coach John Tortorella. "Thats what you love about our athletes in our game, its that mutual respect amongst one another after the game is over. Ryan Smyth deserves that and I thought our guys handled themselves very well." Edmonton started the scoring just 2:14 into the game as Steven Pinizzotto made a pass from behind the net to Horak in the slot and the recent AHL call-up rifled his first of the year past Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom. The assist was Pinizzottos first-career NHL point. Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens withstood a barrage of early shots to keep Vancouver off the board and as a result Edmonton made it 2-0 with seven minutes left to play in the first. Nugent-Hopkins was able to get the puck to a pinching Petry in front and he beat Markstrom high to the glove side for this seventh of the year. Vancouver out-shot the Oilers 18-5 in the first period. Oddly enough the Oilers also scored 2:14 into the second period to make it 3-0 as a Philip Larsen shot hit a stick in front, but the clearing attempt went directly to Acton, who zipped home his third of the season. The Canucks got on the board five-and-a-half minutes into the second as Scrivens attempted a diving poke check on Matthias, but the momentum carried the puck into the net anyway to make it 3-1. Edmonton made it 4-1 with four minutes left in the second as Eberle tried to hit Smyth in front for this record-setting power-play goal, but the puck caromed in off defender Alexander Edler instead. "On the replay, we thought maybe he spun around and hit it," Eberle said of the hope that Smyth would be credited with the goal. "We were hoping that it was his. We were trying to do everything we could to get the puck to the net for him so he could tip it. We tried so hard." The Oilers took a four-goal lead a minute-and-a-half into the third period after a Martin Marincin shot created a scramble in front and Canucks defender Nicklas Jensen inadvertently chipped the puck off the skate of Nugent-Hopkins and in. The Canucks made the score look a little better with a goal by Kassian with just 11 seconds left in the game. Vancouver out-shot Edmonton 42-22 overall. The Canucks still have one game left to play before their season is officially over, returning home to play the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Edmonton is now officially done, missing the playoffs for a league-high eighth straight season. Notes- It was the fifth and final game of the season between the divisional rivals. The Canucks won the first three games by a combined score of 12-3 before Edmonton won the fourth match-up 4-2 on Jan. 27… Smyth concluded his NHL career after spending 15 of his 20 seasons in the league for the Oilers, ranking second on the franchises all-time list with 971 games played. He was given the Oilers captains C for the game… It was Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 21st birthday… College free agent forward Michael Zalewski, who signed with Vancouver on Mar. 14 after playing this past season with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, played his first NHL game... Out for the Canucks were defencemen Christopher Tanev (broken fingers) and Andrew Alberts (concussion) and center Mike Santorelli (shoulder surgery)… Absent with injuries from the Oilers lineup were forwards Sam Gagner (ankle), Nail Yakupov (broken ankle), Ryan Jones (torn PCL), Boyd Gordon (shoulder), Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder), as well as defenceman Andrew Ference (pectoral tear). Nike Air Max Womens . Webb birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday to take a share of the third-round lead, pushed a 10-foot putt wide of the hole at 18 to miss the chance for a playoff. Cheap Red Air Max . A rainy day saw the former champion Djokovic handle 14th-seeded Frenchman Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) under the roof on the famed Centre Court.LONDON - English and Spanish cup competitions could be completed in June 2022, after a World Cup in Qatar, under proposals being presented to FIFA next week by leading European clubs.The European Club Association is proposing an April-May timeframe for the World Cup, arguing it would be less disruptive to the season than FIFA President Sepp Blatters favoured November-December solution for avoiding playing in the fiercest summer heat in Qatar.The ECA outline for an April 28-May 29 tournament envisages European clubs which usually start their seasons in August pushing that date forward by up to two weeks in 2021. The 214-club organization then found space for only 48 domestic league and cup fixtures before a suggested April 18 player-release cutoff for the World Cup.Teams in the English, Spanish, French and Italian top-flight competitions play 38 league games, leaving only 10 slots to fulfil domestic cup obligations. For English Premier League teams, there are up to seven games in the League Cup and up to six rounds of the FA Cup.So international players could have to return to their clubs immediately after a grueling World Cup campaign for further competitive matches before a summer break.In countries with a significant amount of domestic fixtures, the domestic cup could be played following the World Cup in a compact cup-only period in June, the ECA proposal outlines ahead of Mondays FIFA Qatar 2022 Task Force meeting.The ECA proposes condensing the Champions League format to play the round of 16 over two weeks rather than a month, and removing the international double-headers in March. But that could leave up to five months between international competition and the World Cup for nations whhich qualify. Cheap Air Max 2018. .That proposal also would leave only 10 days between clubs being obliged to release players on April 18 and the World Cup kicking off for teams to squeeze in rest, training and a warm-up game. Before this years tournament in Brazil, some teams played three friendlies in the final weeks of preparation.Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in a 2010 vote on the basis of a traditional June-July tournament in air-cooled stadiums. But Blatter has said it is not rational to play in Qatar in the summer when temperatures rise above 40 Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).Looking at a decade of statistics, the ECA said the hottest temperature in Qatar in April and May is 33.8 C (93 F). That would be less extreme, according to the ECA, than the heat at Mexico in 1986, the United States in 1994 and Brazil this year.Although Blatter has said a November 2022 kickoff will work, ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge maintains his April-May proposal is the best option.It takes into account the climate issue while preserving the traditional running of a club football season, Rummenigge said. The impact on national team fixtures and UEFA Club Competitions remains limited and the proposal has no impact at all on the (likely February 2022) Winter Olympics or the confederations tournaments in 2023.This proposal needs to be seriously considered by all stakeholders: it is an achievable solution.But Europe is divided over the Qatar dates. The European Professional Football Leagues said last week that the event should not move from June-July, warning of damage to domestic competitions from a scheduling shift.___Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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