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GAME STORY: Rangers 5, Oilers 3

The Rangers get two quick goals late, including an empty-netter, as they down the Oilers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

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NEW YORK, NY - An entertaining, back-and-forth game resulted in a Rangers 5-3 win over the Oilers, after two quick goals late, including the empty-netter.

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Edmonton's road trip continues in New York on Saturday, when they face the NY Islanders at 5 pm MT. The game can be seen via Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet One, and heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network. 

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"You're never certain about anything," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "You've got to play all 60 minutes. We made a mistake a couple times around our net, letting them get loose with second and third opportunities and it probably cost us the night. Obviously, it's a focus or area where we've got to get better."

Edmonton started well, scoring first in the opening period.

On the back half of a double minor to Jesper Fast for a high-stick, Edmonton took a 1-0 lead at 6:36 of the first. The puck rolled along the boards and down to Milan Lucic, who passed it back to Jordan Eberle, who then found Connor McDavid. The Oilers Captain kicked the puck over to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who buried his first of the season.

Edmonton nearly took a 2-0 lead, but Finnish rookie Jesse Puljujarvi's breakaway shot was robbed by Henrik Lundqvist's glove.

Shortly after, the Rangers tied things up at 8:34 of the opening frame. After Cam Talbot made the initial save on a point shot, Michael Grabner fed the rebound to Kevin Hayes, who had a lot of empty net to look at. Hayes potted it from the doorstep for his fourth goal of the year.

Eberle hit the post on a 2-on-1 chance with McDavid with less than eight minutes remaining in the first.

There were a few missed opportunities for Edmonton. One came 4:36 into the second period. McDavid appeared to have scored on Lundqvist but it was ruled a no goal as the goalie was interfered with. McLellan challenged the ruling but it was confirmed.

After some back-and-forth hockey midway through the middle frame, Edmonton capitalized on an interesting play. Puljujarvi and Maroon came down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush.

Puljujarvi, clearly tired from a long shift and feeling the effects of a blocked shot, wasn't traveling with much speed and tried to stick-handle around a sprawling Dan Girardi. The Rangers defenceman got a stick on it, but Puljujarvi was able to get it around him and over to Maroon in front. The Oilers winger finished the play for his third goal of the year.

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"He stuck with it," said McLellan. "He was tired, he was a little bit sore as well from blocking that shot, so his skating was not real smooth but he stuck with the puck, made a good play to Patrick and he put it in."

Maroon was impressed with the rookie's sacrifice on the play.

"It all starts with him blocking that shot, getting in the land, and that's where it all started from," said Maroon. "He did a really good job of that, sacrificing his body and blocking a shot and he stuck with it. He kept battling and kept battling and it finally got to us. He worked really hard on that play. It's good to see."

Grabner tied the game for New York at 15:46 of the second period, burying a rebound from right in front of Talbot.

Talbot made several big saves toward the end of the second to keep it tied 2-2, including a nice pad save on Fast.

Three seconds after a power play expired, Adam Larsson drove home a point shot to lift the Oilers to a 3-2 lead at 8:49 of the third. It was Larsson's first goal as an Oiler. Anton Lander was screening Lundqvist to help on that goal.

The Rangers responded quickly, scoring 42 seconds after Larsson's tally. Fast redirected a shot inside, past Talbot to tie the game 3-3.

Rich Nash scored from the doorstep with 1:21 remaining in the game to give the home team the lead.

J.T. Miller gave his team the insurance goal, banking the puck off the wall in his own zone and down the ice into the empty net with 1:04 left. 

The Oilers 7-3-1 take on the New York Islanders Saturday, at 5 p.m. MT. 

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