EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers struggled to find offence, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 shots in a 2-0 shutout win by the New York Rangers.
“It was a tough night, it seemed, to get anything going,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “It looked like a game where it was like watching paint dry.”
The Oilers had the first four shots on goal in the game, but it was Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi who gave the visiting team the 1-0 lead. Girardi threw the puck out in front of goaltender Ben Scrivens and it went in off the skate of Oilers forward Mark Arcobello, at 16:04 of the first. Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello were credited with assists on the goal.
With just under five minutes remaining in the game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took a hooking penalty and the Oilers had to head to the penalty kill at 15:02. The Oilers killed it off to give themselves a chance to tie.
Unfortunately for the Oilers, they could not find the back of the net. Edmonton could only get 16 through to Lundqvist, as the Rangers blocked 21 shots.
“They had a ton of blocked shots,” Oilers winger Jordan Eberle said. “We had a tough time getting the puck to the net. I felt like we were getting guys there, we were just having trouble getting (the puck) there and this team is known for that — blocking shots.”
Carl Hagelin sealed it for New York when he scored an empty-net goal with 22 seconds remaining. Scrivens made 20 saves to keep them in it, but Edmonton’s lack of scoring led to their fourth straight loss.