The Day After 21.0 Highlights: Edmonton Oilers 4, New York Rangers 3
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By Cam Lewis1 year ago
The Edmonton Oilers rallied from 3-0 down in the third period to beat the Rangers by a score of 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in New York. Here are the highlights from what was an incredibly exciting hockey game…
THE DAY AFTER IS PRESENTED BY BETWAY
The Rangers opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game, continuing a problem that’s been ongoing for the Oilers for years now.
Adam Fox, New York’s Norris Trophy-winning defenceman, slid into Edmonton’s zone from the point and feathered a pass through the crease to Alexis Lafreniere, who tipped the puck past Jack Campbell. It was a ‘Welcome Back To The NHL’ moment for Philip Broberg in his first game with the Oilers this season, as Lafreniere was able to gain position right in front of Edmonton’s net.
After having a couple of goals called back, the Rangers finally pushed their lead to 2-0 with under five minutes left to go in the second period.
Cody Ceci made an errant pass in Edmonton’s zone and the Rangers were able to gain possession. Ryan Lindgren took a shot from the point that deflected wide of the net and Chris Kreider wound up bouncing it off of Campbell’s pads and in from behind the net when he was trying to make a pass into the slot. It was a tough shift for Ceci and one that Campbell would surely like to have back.
Roughly 30 seconds later, the Rangers made the score 3-0 with another chaotic goal. Tyson Barrie wasn’t able to keep the puck in New York’s zone and two Rangers forwards broke down on a two-on-one on Brett Kulak the other way. Campbell made the original save but Julien Gauthier managed to find the puck in the ensuing scrum in front of the net and wired a shot through Campbell.
Edmonton’s turnaround started just a few minutes into the third frame while defenceman K’Andre Miller was in the penalty box. The top power-play unit couldn’t get the job done so the second unit got a chance with the man advantage.
Ryan McLeod fed Jesse Puljujarvi in the middle of the zone and the big Finn tossed the puck back to the point for Evan Bouchard, who sniped a shot past a screened Igor Shesterkin. The goal was Bouchard’s first of the season.
Three minutes later, it was Bouchard yet again bringing the Oilers to within one goal. Warren Foegele won a battle behind New York’s net and fired the puck out front. Ryan McLeod wasn’t able to corral the pass but Bouchard stepped into it and wired a slapshot through Shesterkin for his second of the game. It’s always incredible to watch a PDO-regression happen in real-time.
A few minutes later, Dylan Holloway tied the game at 3-3 with the first goal of his NHL career. McLeod fed Holloway with a no-look pass and he burst into New York’s zone and wired a wrist shot past Shesterkin.
A player’s first NHL goal is always memorable, but getting your first by flat-out beating a goalie as good as Shesterkin is something else.
It was the kids who brought the Oilers back into the game and then the veterans capped off the comeback.
With just over two minutes left on the clock, the Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins trio clicked for the go-ahead goal. McDavid brought the puck out from behind the net, hit Nugent-Hopkins with a cross-crease pass, and then Nugent-Hopkins fired it back to Draisaitl, who tipped the puck into the open net.
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