New York Rangers 1 Edmonton Oilers 2
The game began with a lot of back and forth but good puck possession by the Rangers. Ryan Smyth opened the scoring on the second Oilers’ shot of the night. The initial shot was deflected by Cam Talbot but immediately bounced over his shoulder to be pushed across the goal line. Shortly after the goal Brian Boyle magically fell down behind the Oilers’ goal and didn’t get a tripping call. Right after that, he broke up a pass in the neutral zone to get a good chance from near the face-off dot. Despite Ben Scrivens looking unsteady and shaky with the puck, the shot didn’t go in the net. When the Rangers did finally pick up the pace, it was Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard who to it going. Chris Kreider was also looking to get himself out of the slump he’s been in recently.There were strong hits from both teams and both teams were finishing checks but the period ended 1-0 in favor of the Oilers, despite being out shot by the Rangers 11-7.
It didn’t take long for Brassard to hit the back on the net, assisted by Zuccarello. To be exact, it took 22 seconds to score. The period moved swiftly and cleanly as neither team took a penalty. Until the 10:22 mark when Dan Carcillo took a slashing penalty. Ryan Callahan had a great short-handed break away, but he was denied by Scrivens. The Rangers really picked up their game and got back on track. There was a question about a possible second goal for the Oilers, but the referee had already whistled the play dead because the puck was out of sight; trapped in Talbot’s pads. The teams had 13 shots a piece in the period.
The Rangers came out fast and furious. Zuccarello was the first to put the puck on net, though it didn’t get past Scrivens. Around three minutes into the period, there was a high elbow from Ryan Jones to the face of Zuccarello with no call. Kevin Klein did a great job to handle that situation for his teammate. The Rangers really started to get chances and looked strong in the third period. While the referees intended to allow the teams to play, they also missed some REALLY blatant infractions that should have been called without question. Callahan had two huge attempts that he completely missed. One of those shots he had a clear passing lane to a wide open Chris Kreider who could have buried the puck behind Scrivens. With 1:28 remaining in the period Nail Yakupov put the Oilers up by a goal and that’s all there was left. The Rangers out shot the Oilers 12- 10 in the period and 36-31 in the game.
My Three Stars:
3- Callahan because he had 8 big hits but he still missed the net wide.
2- Brian Boyle
1- the New York Rangers’ third line
The Rangers play again tomorrow in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.