Rangers blow another third period lead, fall to Oilers in overtime

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EDMONTON, Alberta — For the 2nd consecutive game, the Rangers blew a multi-goal pb successful the 3rd play and were pushed to overtime. 

While the Rangers top-line halfway Mika Zibanejad sniped their 5th people of the nighttime disconnected the unreserved successful the 3rd play to counterattack the Oilers’ 3 unanswered goals, mounting a caller season-high for the Rangers, the location team’s top-line halfway Connor McDavid undressed 4 achromatic jerseys with little than 3 minutes successful regularisation to unit the other period. 

The Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl buried the crippled victor 3:27 into overtime to unafraid the 6-5 win. 

On a nighttime erstwhile 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup champion Kevin Lowe had his No. 4 Oilers jersey raised into the rafters successful a pregame ceremony, successful beforehand of the likes of erstwhile Rangers skipper Mark Messier and different Hockey Hall of Famers, the high-scoring matchup betwixt the Blueshirts and Oilers had a chiseled 1980’s consciousness to it. 

Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his game-tying 3rd play goal. Getty Images

Though it wasn’t the nonaccomplishment that shook the Rangers fanbase, it was caput manager Gerard Gallant’s determination to prolong Alexis Lafreniere’s demotion to the 4th line into the crippled connected Friday aft introducing the erstwhile first-overall prime to the duty successful Thursday’s signifier successful Vancouver. 

Gallant has repeatedly said helium wants much from Lafreniere since helium singled him retired aft the Rangers nonaccomplishment to the Flames, but has maintained that helium isn’t trying to nonstop the 20-year-old a message. The manager added, however, if No. 13 took it arsenic 1 that would beryllium “great.” 

When asked specifically what he’s looking for from Lafreniere, Gallant wouldn’t say. 

“That’s betwixt maine and Laffy,” helium quipped. 

After some teams traded goals successful the archetypal period, the Rangers seemingly broke unfastened the crippled with 3 tallies successful the mediate framework – from Kevin Rooney, Chris Kreider and a power-play extremity from Zibanejad – to instrumentality a 4-2 pb into the 3rd period. Winning puck battles successful the neutral portion and playing the Oilers successful tight, the Rangers controlled the gait of play for a bulk of the crippled – until the last 5 ½ minutes of the second. 

When Ryan Strome took a hooking penalty, the Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi buried a power-play extremity to chopped his team’s shortage to 2 astatine 14:41. Edmonton fed disconnected of its red-hot powerfulness play, which is present 15-for-30 connected the season, and enactment the Rangers connected their heels to extremity the second. 

The Oilers were capable to support their momentum erstwhile Zibanejad headed to the container for tripping McDavid conscionable 24 seconds into the last frame. Tyson Barrie netted the Oilers 2nd man-advantage tally of the night. 

Just implicit 2 and a fractional minutes later, Puljujarvi enactment backmost a rebound that Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev coughed up to knot the crippled 4-4. Puljujarvi fto retired an emphatic roar arsenic Rogers Place erupted. 

Despite the Oilers’ 13-10 shots connected extremity vantage successful the archetypal period, the Rangers utilized their velocity to their vantage and spent a bully bulk of the opening 20 minutes successful the violative zone. Filip Chytil wristed 1 location from betwixt the circles little than 2 minutes successful the game, but the Oilers Zach Hyman stuffed successful a rebound to necktie it up toward the extremity of the period.