Oilers score thrice in the third to beat Rangers 4-1

First Period:

  • Kaapo Kakko (1) ASST: Ryan Strome (1)

Second Period:

  • Oscar Klefbom (1) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3)

Third Period:





  • PPG – Connor McDavid (4) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (7), Oscar Klefbom (6)
  • Leon Draisaitl (3) ASST: Connor McDavid (8), Ethan Bear (1)
  • EN – Leon Draisaitl (4)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Outside of the first period, and really their PP chances, the Rangers struggled to get anything going offensively and let the Oilers dictate the game. There weren’t enough shots, not enough pressure and after spending a week basking in the glow of a 2-0 start, the Rangers now have to live with this game until Thursday.
  • It just seemed like the Oilers played a much simpler game and that the Rangers at times tried to do too much. Maybe that has to do with the schedule, maybe not, but the Rangers were sloppy with the puck, slow getting to pucks and need to be sharper.
  • David Quinn will surely try, as he did this week, to hammer home that the Rangers need more shots. The Oilers missed the net more times than the Rangers had shots on goal 23 to 21.
  • I thought Henrik Lundqvist was really good in this game, especially through the first 50 minutes. The McDavid goal was a deflection off of Trouba and the third one probably should have been blown dead, but overall this was another strong performance for Henrik.
  • Boy, it was pretty damn exciting to see Kaapo Kakko not only score his first goal but for it to be like that. It reminded me a lot of his goal against Canada in the World Championships that really set everybody off and got the hype train going into overdrive.
  • Ryan Strome was better and more noticeable, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad both had their chances but there wasn’t a lot more.
  • I wonder if we are getting close to Lias Andersson getting sent down. I don’t think he necessarily deserves to be, but only 5:13 at even strength isn’t enough. David Quinn has said repeatedly that players in Andersson’s situation, young players sort of on the bubble, are case by case and that right now they think it’s better for him to be in the NHL, albeit in limited minutes, than in the AHL. It’s only three games, but it’s something to watch, especially as the Rangers start playing games on a consistent basis.