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RNH shines, Khabibulin stops 19 in 2-0 shutout win

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick -

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RNH shines, Khabibulin stops 19 in 2-0 shutout win
New York Rangers 0, Edmonton Oilers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:04
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 14-14
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:12

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded a goal and an assist, while Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 19 shots as the Oilers blanked the Rangers 2-0 Saturday night at Rexall Place.

Khabibulin improves his record to 2-0-2 with the win, as well as establishing league-best numbers with a 0.72 goals-against average and .969 save percentage.


The game's best chance came nearly six minutes in when the normally sure-handed Ryan Whitney coughed up the puck to a streaking Ruslan Fedotenko in the slot. Nikolai Khabibulin, who was out of his crease handling the puck behind his cage, scampered back and made a sliding stop to preserve the scoreless tie.

As the period's 10-minute mark passed, the Oilers had gained a 5-2 shot advantage and were able to responded with a scoring chance of their own. Anton Lander sprung Ben Eager with a well-placed neutral zone pass, allowing No. 55 to skate in one-on-one with Rangers 'tender Henrik Lundqvist; the quick, on-the-ice shot was denied, however.

At 10:31, the Oilers were granted the game's first power-play when Marian Gaborik was assessed a tripping minor, hauling lumbering rearguard Andy Sutton to the ice behind the home side's net.

A quick, behind-the-back pass by Ryan Smyth set up the snake-bit Magnus Paajarvi with what appeared to be a tap in but, with a moment's hesitation, No. 91 corralled the disc, allowing Lundqvist to slide over and rob the winger with an amazing sliding denial.

The Oilers opened up an 11-4 shot lead through 20 minutes, but were unable to cash on King Henrik.


1:47 into the period, Sutton picked up a holding minor, putting the Rangers on the power-play in search of a goal. Sutton also dropped the mitts with New York's Brandon Prust on the play, but the short-lived scrap lacked 'punch.' The ensuing man-advantage passed without incident and the 0-0 game continued.

On the Oilers' 15th shot at 10:09, the home side broke the ice. Taylor Hall burst down the wing on a partial 3-on-1 chance. He dropped the puck back into the slot where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scooped it, making a quick shot blocker-side on Lundqvist for the 1-0 goal.

The 4-93-14 connection continued to produce, peppering the Rangers netminder with several high-quality chances moments later, but were unable to extend the lead. In the process, mind you, the Oilers' commanding shot lead had opened to a 19-9 advantage.

With 4:12 to play, the Oilers were charged with too many men, sending the Rangers to their second power-play opportunity. That man-advantage was pushed to a 58-second 5-on-3 when Corey Potter was issued a hooking minor.

The Rangers could only register a single shot, while the two-minute advantage's best chance came from the Oilers, shorthanded; out of the box, Taylor Hall was sprung on a breakaway, but his backhand attempt denied.


A slashing minor to New York's Kris Newbury at 19:59 of the second put the Oilers on their second power-play to open the period. The Oilers' red-hot, 15th ranked PP was unable to snatch an insurance marker.

Just as quickly, another call to the Rangers presented the Oilers with a chance to extend the lead when Mike Rupp was charged with hooking. Edmonton's power-play, operating at a 16-percent clip, made good this around around. Nugent-Hopkins delivered the puck to Corey Potter at the point, who stepped into a bullet that eluded the Rangers netminder up top, glove-side.

With a 2-0 lead now in possession, the Oilers went back to the PK when Andy Sutton was called for hooking at 4:18. Nikolai Khabibulin came up big, stoning Marian Gabork on a breakaway to preserve his club's lead.

Pitching 22 saves on the Oilers' 24 shots, Lundqvist vacated the Rangers goal and headed to the locker room near the nine-minute mark. Martin Biron, No. 43, assumed duty between the pipes in his place.

An interference minor to Hall with only 2:39 on the clock put the Rangers back on the power-play looking to dent the Oilers' 2-0 advantage. Biron was also pulled with 2:05 remaining, establishing a lengthy two-man visiting advantage.

As the Oilers looked to score in the vacated net, New York's Brandon Dubinsky took a hooking minor to cut the Rangers' advantage. In doing so, the remaining seconds elapsed as the Oilers secured a 2-0 shutout win.

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scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5) ASST: Taylor Hall (4), Jordan Eberle (4)
1 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
PPG - Corey Potter (1) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2), Jordan Eberle (5)
2 - 0 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
Marian Gaborik  Tripping against  Andy Sutton
2nd Period
Andy Sutton  Holding against  Brandon Prust
Andy Sutton  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Andy Sutton
Taylor Hall  Too many men/ice - bench
Corey Potter  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
Kris Newbury  Slashing against  Anton Lander
3rd Period
Mike Rupp  Hooking against  Cam Barker
Andy Sutton  Hooking against  Brandon Prust
Taylor Hall  Interference against  Derek Stepan
Brandon Dubinsky  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 24TOI: 48:25
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 3TOI: 9:42
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1