NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at NY Rangers|
(Thursday, February 6th)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, NY Rangers 1
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Nail Yakupov potted the game-winning goal
with 1:38 remaining as the resurgent Edmonton Oilers exited Madison Square
Garden with a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers.
Yakupov's late score and a stout 35-save performance from Ben Scrivens
improved Edmonton, which still sits last in the Western Conference, to 5-1-0
over its last six outings and halted the Rangers' season-high win streak at
"I think that was our top game of the season," said Yakupov. "Not too many
turnovers and our goalie played an awesome game."
Ryan Smyth had the other goal for the Oilers, with Derick Brassard recording
the Rangers' lone marker and Cam Talbot finishing with 29 saves in a losing
Scrivens kept it knotted at 1-1 entering the third period by stoning Ryan
Callahan on a shorthanded breakaway try just past the midway mark of the
second, then came up with 12 more stops in the final frame to help set up
The go-ahead goal came after Taylor Hall won a battle for the puck behind the
New York net and sent it out to Sam Gagner, whose centering pass from the left
corner was rocketed past Talbot by a charging Yakupov.
"It was one of those games where we had to scratch and claw for everything we
got," Hall remarked. "Sometimes those games are a lot more fun than the 8-2
wins or the wins where you're ahead off the bat."
Edmonton carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission behind 11 saves from
Scrivens and Smyth's early goal, which came as the result of a Rangers'
turnover less than three minutes after the opening faceoff.
New York defenseman Kevin Klein had a clearing attempt intercepted by David
Perron, whose initial shot was blocked by Talbot and followed up by Smyth for
a uncontested tap-in.
"We were a little bit sloppy through the neutral zone, and when you do that
against a team like that it'll cost you," said Callahan.
The Rangers wasted little time drawing even in the second period, as Brassard
fired a rising one-timer of a Mats Zuccarello feed past Scrivens a mere 22
seconds into the session.
The game was the 6,000th in the history of the Rangers' franchise. They also
lost in their 4,000th (Dec. 12, 1987 to Philadelphia) and 5,000th (Oct. 26,
2000 at Philadelphia) outings ... The game contained only one penalty, a
slashing call on New York's Dan Carcillo 10:22 into the second period. It
marked the first time the Rangers did not receive a power play since a 4-1
loss at St. Louis on Dec. 15, 2011 ... Brassard has a goal in three straight
games and extended his point streak to five consecutive contests, as did
Zuccarello ... Scrivens posted a 37-save shutout of the Rangers at Madison
Square Garden back on Nov. 17, while then a member of Los Angeles.
02/06 23:07:01 ET