Oilers smothered by Rangers 8-2
|Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff tries to get the puck past Rangers goalie Martin Biron Sunday, November 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Despite keeping pace with the Rangers through the first 25 minutes of Sunday's matinee, the Oilers were soon overwhelmed as the game progressed. Buoyed by fast goals and big fights, New York scored seven straight goals to seal an 8-2 win over Edmonton.
Under the Scope
The Rangers made an immediate impact. Only 1:35 into the matinee, Marian Gaborik capitalized on chaos in the Oilers zone by forcing the puck under goalie Nikolai Khabibulin
to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.
New York assumed a 4-0 shot lead before Taylor Hall
tallied Edmonton's first attempt on Martin Biron near the seven-minute mark. Both teams had added another shot each when Steve Eminger tripped up Gilbert Brule
and gave the Oilers the game's first power-play. The visitors had one good scoring opportunity but couldn't get the puck past Biron.
A second Oilers power-play in the frame's final three minutes had the same result, and the Rangers carried their one-goal lead into the second period.
The Rangers got the first two shots of the middle frame, but the Oilers were the first to make two go in.
At 2:45, Jordan Eberle
cycled the puck around the net and deflected it over to Ryan Jones
, who fired past Biron for the equalizer. 28 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff
floated the puck over the goalie's glove to put Edmonton ahead.
The lead didn't last long, however. Although Khabibulin followed up his club's goals with some big stops, the Rangers persisted and regained their lead before the midway point of the game.
First, Erik Christensen set up Gaborik for a breakaway, which he capped with his second goal of the game. Then 24 seconds later, Brian Boyle snapped the puck past Khabibulin to set the score 3-2.
New York then went on the power-play. Although Ladislav Smid
was able to complete his full two minutes for tripping, the Rangers got their goal 10 seconds later when Artem Anisimov deflected the puck off his skate and across the line. Video review proved the goal was good and the home team went up 4-2.
The two-goal game seemed destined for the third period, but with only five seconds left on the clock, the Rangers added another one. Poised at Khabibulin's left, Alex Frolov tapped the puck into the net to make it 5-2 New York. With helpers on the play, Gaborik and Christensen earned their third points of the game.
Less than three minutes into the third, tough guys Steve MacIntyre
and Derek Boogaard dropped their gloves for a much-anticipated fight. The dust-up was fairly subdued with plenty of grappling, and both players headed to the penalty boxes no worse for wear.
The initial fight obviously didn't settle the score, because six minutes later, the pair exchanged blows again. The second fight between MacIntyre and Boogaard was followed shortly by a quick brawl between Ladislav Smid
and Sean Avery, which paved for way for mayhem between the benches. After Avery blindsided Colin Fraser
, Smid challenged him to fight. After initially declining, Avery suckerpunched Smid when he wasn't looking and the bout was on.
Following that incident, Theo Peckham
went after Avery, drawing interaction between Fraser and the Rangers bench, a shoving match involving Ryan Whitney
, and a full-on fight between Zack Stortini
and Brandon Prust. Fighting majors and game misconducts were assessed to a handful of players.
Fired up from the fights, New York responded with another three goals courtesy of Frolov, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Gaborik on a breakaway for the hat trick.
The goals sealed an 8-2 loss and a disappointing five-game road trip for the Oilers.
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