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Rangers come back late for win over the Oilers; Hayes with another three points

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The Rangers (8-3-0) scored another five goals, using a late comeback to take down Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers (7-3-1), and winning 5-3.

The Rangers win meant a sweep of their three game homestand, outscoring opponents 16-4 over the three games. The Oilers put up the best effort, holding the lead or maintaining a tie for 58 minutes of the game.

Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, Jesper Fast, Rick Nash and JT Miller were the goalscorers, marking yet another night where the depth shone through and multiple players scored goals. The defense was good enough for the most part and Lundqvist was passable.

Here’s my recap;

  • As expected, lots of rushes to start this game. The Rangers and the Oilers are two very fast teams with a lot of speed guys, so this was to be expected.
  • The Oilers broke through first and it was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scoring his first goal of the season. It was a bit of a broken play, with Milan Lucic sending a pass to Connor McDavid, who kicked it to Nuge and he slid it past under Lundqvist’s pad.
  • John Giannone said during the first TV break that Alain Vigneault was yelling at his players for their effort. They promptly responded with a goal. Brady Skjei sent a blast on net that was deflected by Michael Grabner. Talbot made the save and left a rebound, which Grabner collected and made a fantastic pass to Kevin Hayes who quickly deposited it into the open net. The pass was the really great part of this play here.
  • There were a few other good chances for both teams. Jordan Eberle hit the post on a chip shot past Hank, and Brady Skjei blocked a shot headed for the net with Lundqvist down in the crease. Rick Nash had a golden opportunity as well after a lively bounce off of the boards, but his stuff in was denied by the quick pad of Talbot.
  • The Oilers started out the period on the power play, and couldn’t convert, and then the Rangers failed to convert on their own power play. Hank made a nice save on Puljujarvi, and Talbot made a nice stop on Vesey.
  • Connor McDavid appeared to score a goal but the referees quickly waived it off. Marc Staal made a pass directly to McDavid who tried to outwait Lundqvist before shooting it past him. But Eberle clearly interfered on the play and it was waived off.
  • The Oilers did score 10 minutes into the period and it was Patrick Maroon on a play that was in absolute shambles. McDonagh’s shot was blocked, Derek Stepan was tripped by McDonagh and the Oilers had an odd man rush. Girardi tried to make a diving poke check on Puljujarvi, probably the wrong choice, and Maroon wound up converting on the play.
  • Luckily the Rangers responded well and Michael Grabner scored five minutes later. The Kevin Hayes line was the best all night, and they scored here. Miller made a great pass to Grabner, who knocked down the puck, then tucked it past Talbot for his sixth goal of the season. He had a total of nine last season.
  • The Rangers nearly scored again, but Cam Talbot made a remarkable save. After an initial stop, Jesper Fast had a rebound chance but Talbot made a sprawling pad save.
  • The Oilers scored their third goal as a power play expired, and it was Adam Larsson with his first for Edmonton. His shot from the point beat Lundqvist, slipping through his pads to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead.
  • But it took the Rangers just 41 seconds to respond as Jesper Fast scored his first goal of the season. Brady Skjei made a great effort to keep the puck in at the line, Brandon Pirri got the puck at the middle of the ice and fired a wrister that was deflected by Fast.
  • With just 1:21 left to play, Rick Nash gave the Rangers their first lead of the game. Mats Zuccarello won the puck along the boards and got it to Stepan. He passed it to Holden who fired a shot at Talbot. Nash, parked in front, collected the rebound and outwaited Talbot, tucking the puck past his pad for his sixth goal of the season.
  • JT Miller sealed the win with a bank shot off of the boards and into the empty net.
  • The Kevin Hayes line was the best line yet again. Hayes is special, and he might be living up to his capabilities this season. He had another three point game tonight, scoring the first goal and assisting on Grabner’s. His ability to hold the puck and maintain possession is excellent, and now that he has quality players on his line, he’s getting the points.
  • Brady Skjei recorded the first multipoint game of his career, picking up two assists to give him six points in 11 games. Every game I become more and more impressed with him, and his progression making plays with the puck is really impressive. It’s nice to see his passing improving and seeing him contributing the offense regularly.
  • Rick Nash continues to contribute and is playing extremely well. Now that he’s getting to the front of the net, he’s scoring more goals that way, as well as using his wrist shot more often. He looks like a new player and is having an impact every time he touches the ice.
  • The Rangers now have 45 goals this season, the most in the league, and they have a +20 differential. That’s tied with Montreal for first in the league and it’s the highest since the first 11 games of a season since 1990-91.
  • The Rangers will play the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

THREE STARS

  1. Kevin Hayes – 1 G, 2 A, +2, 15:38 TOT
  2. Michael Grabner – 1 G, 1 A, +3, 4 SOG, 14:13 TOT
  3. Bradi Skjei – 2 A, 17:50 TOT
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Posted on November 4, 2016, in Game Recaps and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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