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Oilers improve to 5-0-0, set NHL record with win against Rangers

Fifth straight come-from-behind victory to start season; Kakko scores first for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Draisaitl's backhander sneaks in

EDM@NYR: Draisaitl powers backhand through Lundqvist

Leon Draisaitl throws a spinning backhander on the net and it trickles through Henrik Lundqvist to extend the Oilers' lead to 3-1

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NEW YORK -- The Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record with their fifth straight come-from-behind win to start the season, defeating the New York Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The Oilers are 5-0-0 for the first time since the 1985-86 season. It's the third time they have won at least their first five games in an NHL season (7-0-0 in 1983-84).

Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, and Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom each had a goal and an assist. Mike Smith made 20 saves.

 

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"It just shows the kind of guys we have in here," Smith said. "We're not getting rattled. We're sticking with games. We're finding ways to win different ways. Everyone is playing a big part in winning. Early on in the season that's huge for the belief of this team, this organization and guys in this locker room to know that we can play in close games for one, but come back."

Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his third game for the Rangers (2-1-0). Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.

"Obviously for [Kakko], personally, it's his first NHL goal, a huge moment for him, for our team," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "Good to see for a lot of reasons. Now he's got the first one behind him and he can continue to improve and move forward, but you're not going to win a lot of games scoring one goal."

Video: EDM@NYR: Kakko uses slick move to net first NHL goal

McDavid, who leads the NHL with 12 points (four goals, eight assists), scored on the power play with 10:16 remaining in the third period to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead. 

His shot from behind the goal line to the right of Lundqvist ricocheted off Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba and redirected into the net.

The Oilers are 7-for-17 on the power play (41.2 percent) in five games.

Video: EDM@NYR: McDavid scores power-play goal on deflection

"Definitely a fortunate bounce, but the power play, it's about painting the same picture," McDavid said. "I was down there and saw [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins] breaking back door, [James Neal] was in front. If you just throw it there something good is going to happen. Lucky it goes off a defender and in."

The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play, including a failed 5-on-3 for 39 seconds in the first period, when the game was tied 0-0. They had one shot on the 5-on-3, seven shots on the power play in total and 21 overall.

"I can think of five instances off the top of my head where we have incredible chances to shoot a puck and we don't, and off of that might come four other shots," Quinn said. "You get a loose puck sitting in front of the net, you better get rid of it in a hurry. We just didn't have that shooting mentality. We didn't do a lot of things in a hurry today."

Draisaitl made it 3-1 with 6:48 remaining in the third period, when his backhanded shot got through Lundqvist's legs. He scored an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left to make it 4-1.

Edmonton limited the Rangers to two shots on goal and four total shot attempts after Draisaitl extended the lead to 3-1.

"Once we got the third goal I don't think we gave them much at all," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "Guys are recognizing what we have to do to win. Just because you're up 3-1, you don't have to make it 5-1. Make sure the 3-1 stays in place and it's about winning games. The two points are more important than how many goals you score."

Kakko gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 1:32 remaining in the first period. He gave the puck to Ryan Strome, got inside position on Klefbom in the slot, got the puck back and made a forehand-backhand deke before beating Smith.

Klefbom scored his first of the season at 6:45 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1.

 

They said it

"It's nice to be 5-0 but there is so much work to be done. Some sloppy games. Some wins that maybe we didn't deserve. But we found a way. We have to keep getting better, keep finding our game." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid

"I thought we got off to a good start, but boy I thought as the game went on we just got sloppier and sloppier. … My thought all throughout the game was we just didn't play with a lot of pace and jam." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

 

Need to know

McDavid, Draisaitl and defenseman Darnell Nurse (assist) have points in all five games this season. McDavid and Draisaitl have four multi-point games. … Kakko is the eighth 18-year-old player in Rangers history to score a goal. ... The Oilers were previously tied with the 1988-89 Los Angeles Kings and the 2005-06 Nashville Predators for the most consecutive come-from-behind wins to start a season.

 

What's next

Oilers: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the New Jersey Devils on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

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