Rangers battle back in the third but fall 7-5 to Oilers

1st Period:

  • James Neal (17) ASST: Zack Kassian (14), Oscar Klefbom (20)
  • PPG – James Neal (18) ASST: Oscar Klefbom (21), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (14)
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (8) ASST: Ethan Bear (9), Jujhar Khaira (1)

2nd Period:

  • PPG – Leon Draisaitl (23) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15), James Neal (8)
  • PPG – James Neal (19) ASST: Connor McDavid (42), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (16)
  • Josh Archibald (3) ASST: Riley Sheahan (2)
  • Chris Kreider (12) ASST: Artemi Panarin (31), Brady Skjei (12)

3rd Period:





  • Ryan Strome (11) ASST: Adam Fox (13), Artemi Panarin (32)
  • Marc Staal (2) ASST: Ryan Strome (26), Artemi Panarin (33)
  • Artemi Panarin (22)
  • Mika Zibanejad (16) ASST: Adam Fox (14), Tony DeAngelo (21)
  • EN – Kailer Yamamoto (1) ASST: Jujhar Khaira (2)

Stats:

David Quinn’s post game comments (MSG):

  • Do you think of this game as 6-0 or 6-5, “6-5. We showed a lot of characteristics that you need to have success. You just can’t have the start that we did, that is obvious, we just weren’t ready to play. To have the wherewithal to turn it on the way we did, even in the second period we did a lot of good things and then the penalty exchange where we think we are going on the PP and then we are killing, that really took the wind out of our sails and thinks unraveled a little bit but we get that goal at the end of the second and kept playing. We showed some things we are going to need moving forward but we can’t lose sight that we can’t start a game like that. We have to build on that ending and bring it to Calgary.”
  • On the Oiler goals in the first, “it’s just net-front play, our D have to pick sticks up and have an attitude and stop puck watching when it’s at the top of the blue line. That is all it was, we weren’t alert enough. After the first period we did a much better job of defending around the net and looking like we have an attitude around the net but you can’t be that soft around the net.”
  • On the penalty exchange in the second, “it was the call.”
  • What was it in the third, “5 on 5 to start the second we did good things and we had a chance to get back in it, even as the period evolved in the first when it was 2-0 or 1-0 we had some good shifts and scoring chances but they come down and hem us a little bit and get a goal. Without question you get that goal and feel a little better, it’s still 6-1 and that put us in a little different mindset but we just kept playing and I’m proud of our guys for doing that.”
  • On pulling Georgiev, “I was going to pull him after the sixth but it was a minute and a half and I knew a TV timeout was right around the corner. When you put Hank in in the middle of the game and the crowd gets all riled up, I figured I would wait another minute and a half.”
  • On Kakko’s season so far, “he’s done some good things, he’s an 18-year old trying to make it in the NHL which is not easy. He’s putting a lot of effort in and he’s hard on himself but you can tell he’s going to be a great player in this league.”
  • On why to pull Alex, “the goals and he looked rattled.”
  • Do you blame him for those goals, “no, it was just the way the game was going.”

Adam Rotter:

  • This was an interesting way for the Rangers to end 2019 since it included poor defense and bouncing back, two things that have defined this team this season.
  • The Rangers let the Oilers own the front of the net at the start and the Rangers were unable to get capitalize on some chances in the first.
  • Penalties and some poor calls from the refs cost the Rangers in the second but they got one and took advantage in the third of the Oilers sitting back a bit.
  • This could have been like the comeback in Montreal a few weeks ago but six goals was just a little too deep of a hole to climb out of.
  • Next up is Calgary where the Rangers will hopefully start better.