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Under the Scope: Oilers vs New York Rangers

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers
THE TURNING POINT


Rangers scored their second goal on the power play goal at 10:36 in the second period. Rookie Michael Del Zotto takes a slapshot from the top of the circle which was tipped in by Ryan Callahan Rangers go up 2-0. New York continues to bring their power play ranking up as they go on and score another power play goal with only 3:23 to play in the second and again at 7:31 in the third. The Rangers were sitting at 2nd in the league on the power play at home but were 25th in the league for power plays on the road before tonights game. Tonight they are finding a way to put the puck in the net with the man advantage.


TOP PERFORMERS

OILERS - Lubomir Visnovsky gets his fourth goal on the season on a nice backhand tough angle shot. As he almost over skates the net he quickly flipped the puck on net almost right along the goal line. It somehow found the inside of the post and gave the Oilers some much needed momentum. Hemsky picks up his 12th assist of the season on Visnovsky's goal.


RANGERS- Marian Gaborik gets his 20th and 21st point of the year. First assisting on Kotalik's power play goal in the second period then getting one of his own power play goals in the third giving the assist to Kotalik. Gaborik was excellent on the power play and was very hard to play against. He is always in the right place at the right time. His speed and stick handling skills fit well with his new linemates Prospal and Kotalik.

SAVE OF THE GAME

3:00 to play in the opening frame, Sam Gagner carried the puck into Rangers territory creating a scoring chance, within seconds the Oilers created some traffic infront of goaltender Steve Valiquette. With the puck trickling along the goal line it somehow stayed out of the Rangers net. Valiquette spit out a rebound on the original shot that missed the Oiler player. Instead, who else but Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal to race down the ice on a two on one. Khabibulin had to be huge stopping a hard wrist shot from Gaborik who gets his own rebound and tosses a quick snap shot at Khabibulin. This time the puck shoots out to waiting Gilroy who hammers a hard slap shot on net.  Somehow Khabibulin shuts down Gaborik and the NY Rangers from going up 2-0.


THE 4TH STAR

Andrew Cogliano had a strong game for the Oilers with 6 shots on goal and 3 hits in the game. He went 50% on the 10 faceoffs he took and saw 16:18 minutes of ice timeTonight he centered on a line with Pisani and Moreau.




STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Oilers have lost six of their last seven games after dropping to the NY Rangers.  They now go on the road for the next five games starting with the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Sunday. So far the Oilers are 1-5 on the road and will have to regroup and find a way to bring home a handful of points from this trip.






QUOTABLE

"We took a lot of offensive zone penalties, unecessary penalties. It's hard to blame the guys but you have to keep your sticks out of those areas and it cost us." said Andrew Cogliano. "They had a good powerplay and scored a couple power play goals and that's what I think led to the game tonight."

"Anytime you take penalties in your offensive zone, those are usually the ones that end up going in your net." said Patrick O'Sullivan. "We can't be doing that. We've got to move our feet more. Less holding and more moving our feet. We've got to get on the body, then look to get the puck and keep our sticks down. If we eliminate those penalties, we give ourselves a better chance to win."
BY THE NUMBERS

68
- Hits made by Ryan Callahan-leads the NHL.
25- Chris Drury leads NHL forwards with 25 blocked shots.
1000- Rangers Donald Brashear needs 1 more game to hit 1000.
21- Gaborik is now tied for 4th in NHL points with 21.
53- JF Jacques sits in 4th spot for hits with 53.
16- NY Rangers defense leads the NHL in goals scored with 16.
55- Rangers lead the NHL in goals for with 55.

Author: Kristi Hennessy | edmontonoilers.com

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