Smyth scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers snap a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
"We played pretty sound hockey," said Smyth, who has 12 goals in 20 games against Columbus. "Hopefully we can continue some good things out of this."
The defending Western Conference champion Oilers had lost six of seven to fall to ninth place in the conference.
Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish was also pleased with his team's performance.
"It's as good of a game, technically, as we've had all year," he said. "We were in the right spot, playing in units of five."
"If we play like that every night we have a great chance of winning every night," said Dwayne Roloson, who made 26 saves.
Anson Carter scored his second goal in 14 games for Columbus, which had won two of three, but hasn't won back-to-back games in a month.
After a scoreless first period with both goaltenders stopping quality scoring chances, Hemsky struck 40 seconds into the second.
The Oilers' Toby Petersen scooped up a loose puck in his end after Carter's stuff attempt was blocked. Hemsky took Petersen's pass at center ice, glided into the zone and fired a wrist shot past Pascal Leclaire from the right circle.
Lupul made it 2-0 with his fourth of the season at 2:18, stepping off the left half-boards and around Columbus' Dan Fritsche before squeezing a snap shot under Leclaire's right arm.
"Overall it looked like our guys were tired the second half of the game," Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant said.
The Blue Jackets missed a prime scoring chance a few minutes later when a crowd of players crashed into Roloson, breaking his stick and forcing him to play without one for nearly two minutes. Columbus was only able get one shot on goal and made a line change before a whistle was blown.
Later in the period -- and seconds after an Edmonton power play expired -- Smyth shed defenseman Ron Hainsey to nudge home a rebound from Steve Staios' point shot to make it 3-0 at 12:40. Smyth has seven points in his last six games.
"We got the puck to the net, which we talked about the last couple weeks," Smyth said. "We capitalized around the net area and got the bounces."
Smyth tallied his second goal, and 10th of the season, at 2:07 of the third, redirecting Brad Winchester's pass from the left wing on a two-on-one rush.
The goal came shortly after the Blue Jackets failed to generate a scoring chance during a four-on-three advantage for 1:37 that carried over from the second period.
|Raffi Torres loses the handle on the puck in front of the net in the Oilers' 4-1 win. (AP)|
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|00:40||Ales Hemsky (4), Wrist Shot - Assist: Toby Petersen|
|02:18||Joffrey Lupul (5), Wrist Shot - Assists: Jarret Stoll, Jan Hejda|
|12:40||Ryan Smyth (9), Tip-In - Assists: Steve Staios, Petr Sykora|
|13:37||Power Play - Anson Carter (2), Snap Shot - Assists: Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov|
|02:07||Ryan Smyth (10), Tip-In - Assist: Brad Winchester|
|11:44||Lupul: Fighting - 5 min.|
|11:44||Tollefson: Fighting - 5 min.|
|11:56||Smith: Interference - 2 min.|
|04:11||Hainsey: Delaying Game - 2 min.|
|04:15||Horcoff: Interference - 2 min.|
|07:29||Thoresen: Instigator - 4 min.|
|07:29||Svitov: Fighting - 5 min.|
|07:29||Thoresen: Fighting - 5 min.|
|07:29||Svitov: Boarding - 5 min.|
|07:29||Thoresen: Fighting - 5 min.|
|07:29||Thoresen: Game Misconduct - 10 min.|
|13:01||Winchester: Holding - 2 min.|
|18:56||Tollefson: Holding - 2 min.|
|18:56||Lupul: High sticking - 2 min.|
|19:18||Smith: Tripping - 2 min.|
|04:33||Reasoner: Hooking - 2 min.|
|09:36||Eriksson: Tripping - 2 min.|
|14:29||Hainsey: Holding - 2 min.|
|14:29||Hainsey: Game Misconduct - 10 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 16902|
|Game Time - 60:00|
|Referees - Gord Dwyer, Bill McCreary|
|Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Pat Dapuzzo|