Top 5 Ladislav Smid Moments
Ryan Frankson | edmontonoilers.com
On Monday the Oilers locked down one of their most valuable defencemen for four more seasons as they signed Ladislav Smid to a four-year contract extension. The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic is in his seventh season with the Oilers and has provided the team with consistent grit and heart. Smid is one of the NHL's premiere shot-blockers and continually makes life miserable for opposing players with his physical play. This week we check out five memorable moments in Smid's career.
5. First NHL Fight – February 4, 2007
Smid has a long history of being there to stick up for his teammates, and his first career fight was a perfect example of the defenceman's noble nature. The Oilers were in Denver to play the Avalanche, and after Colorado's Mark Rycroft bumped into goalie Dwayne Roloson, Smid challenged him to fight and ended up earning the takedown. The Oilers were victorious 3-2 that night.
4. First NHL Goal – February 22, 2007
Obviously not expected to contribute a lot of goals in his role as a gritty, shutdown defenceman, it took Smid until the 57th game of his rookie season to record his first career goal. The milestone tally came on an impressive play, however, as he jumped up in an Oilers rush and one-timed a pass from Raffi Torres into the Columbus net as Edmonton blanked the Blue Jackets 4-0.
3. First Multi-Point Game – November 2, 2008
The Oilers were in tough on the road in Philadelphia against a strong Flyers squad that ended up finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference that season. Edmonton stepped up its game and posted a slim 5-4 victory that saw Smid tally a pair of assists, setting up fellow Czech product Ales Hemsky for two goals. The win marked the first multi-point game of Smid's career as he also posted a +2 rating.
2. Big Night In Big D – December 5, 2009
Smid was in on both Oilers goals in a 3-2 shootout victory on the road in Dallas during the 2009-10 campaign. After Edmonton fell behind 2-0 through 20 minutes, the blueliner assisted on Lubomir Visnovsky's second period goal and then scored the equalizer with just over three minutes to go in regulation, paving the way for the shootout victory.
1. Fight vs. Iginla – December 28, 2009
Smid certainly embraced the Battle of Alberta spirit during a holiday matchup between Christmas and New Year's at Rexall Place, dropping the gloves with Jarome Iginla after they started pushing and shoving post-whistle behind the Oilers net. Smid knocked the Flames captain's helmet off and connected on a few solid rights to Iginla's forehead during the spirited scrap.
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