In the words of Lauri Korpikoski, “It was one of those ’80s games.”
A battle of will and determination saw the Oilers and New York Rangers vying for the lead, with Edmonton stealing the 7-5 win and securing a five-plus game homestand sweep, an accomplishment that hadn’t been achieved since 1987.
Prior to puck-drop, Rexall Place saw it’s last banner raised to honour legendary and former Oilers Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather, achieving five Stanley Cups during his tenure.
“They’re a team that moved the puck really well,” said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “They find openings, obviously we need to understand where goals are scored, and that’s in front of the net but again it’s my responsibility too to make sure I come up with that extra save.”
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Less than four minutes into the third period, Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta was subbed in after Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse fired a shot past Lundqvist to give Edmonton a 5-3 lead.
Though it was a tough night for the Rangers goaltender, Lundqvist said the team just needs to regroup, and can certainly do so in 24 hours, as they head to Calgary for a back-to-back game against the Flames.
“We can definitely turn it around,” he said. “The difference between winning and losing is so small in this league and it comes down to some decisions that I make that our team makes — we just need to be better, bottom line. We have to push each other here to find our best.”