The New York Rangers concluded their three-game Western Canada trip with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday evening at Rogers Place.
With the win, New York completed the road trip with a perfect 3-0 record and improved to 30-30-6 on the season.
The Blueshirts opened the scoring 54 seconds into the first period. After John Gilmour kept the puck in the zone, Mika Zibanejad set up Chris Kreider, who made it 1-0.
The Rangers continued to pressure the Oilers after the goal. The attack was led by the fourth line, who established a fore-check and cycled in the offensive end.
New York also played well defensively holding Edmonton to six shots in the opening frame.
Edmonton tied the game on a goal from Connor McDavid at the 5:43 mark of the second period.
The Rangers answered less than two minutes later, Zibanejad scored on the power play to put the visitors ahead 2-1.
Later in the frame, the hard work of the fourth line led to a goal. Paul Carey tipped a shot from Cody McLeod into the net to increase New York’s lead to 3-1.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkin added a goal at the 16:48 mark of the second, and the Blueshirts led 3-2 at the end of 40 minutes of play.
Edmonton started the third period pressuring the Rangers, and Neal Pionk was whistled for hooking at 4:33 of the final frame. The Oilers created a number of chances, but New York’s defense led by goaltender Alexander Georgiev was up for the challenge.
Marc Staal was called for cross-checking with 2:27 left in regulation. New York killed the penalty, as the power play was cut short by an Oilers Too Many Men on the Ice call.
After the kill, the Blueshirts were able to secure the win.
BLUESHIRT BULLET POINTS:
STRIKING FIRST: Chris Kreider put the Rangers on the board at the 54-second mark of the first period. New York scored first in each of its three wins on the Western Canada trip.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Blueshirts won the special teams battle. Mika Zibanejad scored on the power play to make it 2-1 in the second period. New York’s penalty kill was a perfect 2-for-2. The Rangers killed both of Edmonton’s power plays in the third.
ALEXANDER GEORGIEV: The Rangers’ backup goalie picked up his first National Hockey League victory. The 22-year helped preserve the Rangers lead and secured the win in the third period, where he made 15 of his 35 saves.
AN NHL First: Defenseman John Gilmour picked up his first NHL assist on Chris Kreider’s goal in the first.
HOLDING THE LEAD: New York is now 19-0 when it leads going into the third period this season.
The Rangers head home to host the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Game Time: 7:00 p.m. Broadcast: MSG Networks.
The Rangers struck early and used the lead to help them throughout the game. The power play, fourth line, penalty kill, and goalie got the job done in Saturday’s 3-2 win.
The team is 3-0 since the trade deadline and has found itself three points out of the playoffs.
The new look Blueshirts are playing like they have something to prove.