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game recap

Oilers smothered by Rangers 8-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers smothered by Rangers 8-2
Edmonton Oilers 2, New York Rangers 8

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

FIRST PERIOD

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.

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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.

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.

THIRD PERIOD

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:35
NYR
Marian Gaborik (1) ASST: Erik Christensen (3), Alex Frolov (5)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
02:45
EDM
Ryan Jones (4) ASST: Jordan Eberle (7), Sam Gagner (6)
1 - 1 Tie
03:13
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (5) ASST: Theo Peckham (4), Ryan Whitney (14)
2 - 1 EDM
07:12
NYR
Marian Gaborik (2) ASST: Erik Christensen (4)
2 - 2 Tie
07:37
NYR
Brian Boyle (8) ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (6), Brandon Prust (4)
3 - 2 NYR
13:17
NYR
Artem Anisimov (6) ASST: Derek Stepan (3), Sean Avery (8)
4 - 2 NYR
19:55
NYR
Alex Frolov (3) ASST: Erik Christensen (5), Marian Gaborik (3)
5 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
12:14
NYR
Alex Frolov (4) ASST: NONE
6 - 2 NYR
12:59
NYR
Ruslan Fedotenko (3) ASST: Derek Stepan (4), Matt Gilroy (1)
7 - 2 NYR
14:22
NYR
Marian Gaborik (3) ASST: Alex Frolov (6)
8 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:10
NYR
Steve Eminger  Tripping against  Gilbert Brule
16:30
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Cross checking against  Taylor Hall
2nd Period
11:07
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
3rd Period
02:28
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Fighting against  Steve MacIntyre
02:28
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting against  Derek Boogaard
03:07
NYR
Marian Gaborik  Interference against  Gilbert Brule
08:46
NYR
Derek Boogaard  Fighting against  Steve MacIntyre
08:46
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting against  Derek Boogaard
11:18
NYR
Brandon Prust  Game misconduct
11:18
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Misconduct
11:18
NYR
Brian Boyle  Game misconduct
11:18
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
11:18
EDM
Theo Peckham  Game misconduct
11:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Game misconduct
11:18
EDM
Colin Fraser  Misconduct
11:18
NYR
Sean Avery  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
11:18
EDM
Theo Peckham  Misconduct
11:18
NYR
Sean Avery  Fighting against  Ladislav Smid
11:18
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Fighting against  Sean Avery
11:18
NYR
Sean Avery  Misconduct
11:18
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Misconduct
11:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting against  Brandon Prust
11:18
NYR
Brandon Prust  Fighting against  Zack Stortini
11:18
NYR
Brian Boyle  Fighting against  Theo Peckham
11:18
EDM
Theo Peckham  Fighting against  Brian Boyle
14:54
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Boarding against  Ruslan Fedotenko
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .742SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
3-2-0
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .905SH: 3 - 3