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Saturday, 12.02.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- It might be time for coach Craig MacTavish to dig deeper into his book of demeaning adjectives.

The Edmonton Oilers authored their second straight uninspiring performance and also lost Ryan Smyth to a broken right thumb in a 4-0 setback to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

After Thursday's 7-3 home loss to Colorado, MacTavish called his team's performance "lackluster, casual and lazy." He was forced to pull goaltender Dwayne Roloson midway through that contest and yanked his veteran netminder after two periods Saturday.

Adding injury to insult, the Oilers now will be without Smyth - the heart and soul of the team - after the gritty left wing was injured while crashing into the boards early in the first period.

Alexander Svitov opened the scoring midway through the first period and rookie Gilbert Brule doubled the advantage during a power play with 7:47 left in the middle session. Anson Carter made it 3-0 against his former team just 88 seconds later, sending the Oilers into the locker room to a chorus of boos.

Rookie Fredrik Norrena made 21 saves for his first career shutout. In just his sixth NHL start, the 22-year-old Finn turned aside seven shots in the first period, five in the second and nine in the third as Columbus won for just the second time in its last 12 games.

Roloson allowed three goals on 20 shots before giving way to Jussi Markkanen, who turned aside both shots that came his way in the final session.

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