Sam Gagner was the lone scorer in the shootout for either team. Rangers starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist got a piece of his shot from the slot area but not enough as it trickled across the line.
"I just wanted to try and get him off his angle coming down. We were told to go high all night. It looks like it just squeeked through," said Gagner. "It's a good feeling."
Mathieu Garon was spectacular in the shootout, as he was throughout the entire game, stopping all three Rangers shooters. In order, he denied Sean Avery, Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr.
Early in the game, a giveaway by Joni Pitkanen at his own blueline led to a two-on-one with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez, Jagr fed the puck to Gomez at the right circle for a clear shot but Garon came up with the save.
Pitkanen made up for the gaffe several minutes later when he put the puck right on the tape of Hemsky's stick at the far blueline from deep in his own end. However, Hemsky lost control of the puck on his partial breakaway and couldn't get a clean shot off.
Five minutes into the first, Zack Stortini dropped the gloves with Colton Orr. The two combatants traded punches for about a minute before Stortini brought Orr to the ice.
Chris Drury almost opened the scoring 8:30 into the period when his shot from point-blank range rang off the post behind Garon.
The Rangers had another chance four minutes later when leading scorer Brendan Shanhan redirected a pass in the slot but Garon slid across to make a huge pad save.
With just over a minute left in the first, Jagr rang a wrist shot off the left post keeping the game scoreless.
After one period, shots on goal were 9-7 for Edmonton.
Garon made a pair of big saves early in the second. First, he deflected a Brendan Shanahan blast from the right circle with his glove. Moments later, he slid across to deny Martin Straka with a low blocker save.
Coming back the other way, Ethan Moreau rang a shot from the left point off the crossbar behind Henrik Lundqvist.
Eight minutes into the period, Garon made an absolutely incredible save off Jagr. The Rangers captain one-timed a pass but the Oilers netminder did the splits and came across to deny him with a right pad save.
Midway through the second, Brendan Shanahan took a penalty, giving the Oilers their third power play of the night and this time they capitalized.
Jarret Stoll's shot from the left point was tipped almost immediately by Drury but the puck found a way to float past Lundqvist on his blocker side, giving Edmonton a 1-0 lead.
After two periods, shots on goal were 18-14 for the Rangers.
The Rangers tied the game up in the third when a point shot by defenceman Dan Girardi fooled Garon and snuck into the top corner of the net.
Nine minutes into the third, Brendan Shanahan collided with Penner at mid-ice and hobbled off the ice in what looked like extreme agony. He seemed to be favouring his ankle but did not go to the dressing room.
With 9:03 left in the third, Ryan Hollweg hammered Horcoff from behind into the boards. The result was a checking-from-behind major, giving Edmonton a power play for five minutes. He also received a game misconduct for his actions.
15 seconds later, Straka held up Penner off of a faceoff to give the Oilers a two-man advantage with a chance to score the go-ahead goal.
It took Edmonton only 17 seconds on the five-on-three to connect for a goal. Hemsky found Horcoff at the bottom of the left circle and he placed the puck perfectly out of the reach of Lundqvist to make it a 2-1 game.
Near the end of the major, Horcoff received two for tripping which gave the Rangers a short power play for 1:18 late in the third in an attempt to tie it up.
That man advantage was shortened down to 15 seconds as Jagr tripped up Reasoner high in the Oilers zone.
With 1:02 to play in the third, Pitkanen received two minutes for roughing Sean Avery.
The penalty set the stage for Chris Drury's game-tying goal with 6.2 seconds left to play in the third. Jagr fired a pass over to Drury stationed at the left post and he one-timed it past Garon.
After regulation, shots on goal were 28-19 for New York.
1:30 into overtime, Sean Avery fired a shot from the high slot on Garon and then plowed into the Oilers netminder. On the next shift, Blair Betts ran Garon and this time a penalty was called for goaltender interference.
With three minutes left, Edmonton went on the power play with a chance to win the game in overtime.
40 seconds into the power play, Lundqvist made a nice glove save on a Souray slapper from the top of the left circle.
Jarret Stoll received two for interference with 1:41 to play in the period, ending Edmonton's power play. Edmonton's penalty killers, and Marty Reasoner in particular, did a good job in keeping the puck out of their net.
At the end of overtime, shots were 31-25 for the Rangers.
Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff is denied by Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in overtime.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com