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but the Los Angeles Kings defeated Edmonton 7-4. Smyth, out since Dec. 2, wore a plastic brace under a specially fitted hockey glove in Thursday's contest."All in all I felt pretty good," Rodney Gunter Jersey
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little restricted with the brace that I have," he said. "There are a few plays that I wish I could have back."There were some things in front of the net that I could usually do a little quicker. But it was my choice to play."Oilers coach Craig MacTavish had nothing but praise for Smyth."I thought it was a courageous and outstanding game from him," he said. "You stop being surprised with him."I was when I saw how effective he Justin Bethel Jersey
was tonight, right from the first shift."MacTavish was comfortable using Smyth despite the brace.