The Day After 31.0: Another big third period, another win for the Oilers

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Cam Lewis
5 months ago
From winning streak to losing streak and back to winning streak again.
The Edmonton Oilers are heading into the Christmas break on a positive note after completing back-to-back wins in New York, the latter against one of the league’s top teams. Much like the win over the Devils on Thursday, the Oilers had a third-period rally to take down the Rangers the following night.
The Rangers carried a 1-0 lead into the third period and then Zach Hyman, Evander Kane, Warren Foegele, and Ryan McLeod scored four goals over the course of six-and-a-half minutes to take a 4-1 lead. New York added a couple more goals later in the frame, including one in the final second, and the Oilers won 4-3.
According to Sportsnet Stats, this was just the third time in team history that the Oilers won games on back-to-back nights after training in the third period. The win put them at 15-15-1 on the season, five points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.


What they said…

Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch on his team pulling off another comeback…
“You don’t get very many come-from-behind wins in the third period when you’re trailing. It’s very difficult to win those games and we were able to do that twice and back-to-back, so that’s even less likely. I liked our guys’ perseverance. They’ve worked hard and stuck with the game plan, and they deserve a nice little break for Christmas. We’re looking forward to getting started again.”
“They came out hard and they’re a fast and big team and didn’t give us much room. As the game went on, we started to give ourselves some more room to make plays, but I like that we stuck with it. Obviously in the third period, that was our strongest push and we were able to wrap up the trip.”
Knoblauch on goaltender Stuart Skinner’s performance…
“Stuart gave us an opportunity to win tonight. I thought we were very flat in the first period and starting the second, he held the score down to just one against and made some really big saves. We were able to build a game and played much better in the second half of the game, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Stuart’s saves that he made.
Skinner on how the team has come along over the years…
“I think a lot of resiliency, not changing. I think that’s been something that we’ve been working on for years as an organization. You can really see that we’re coming along and we’re really mature about the game and we play the same way, even if we’re down one goal or up five.”
Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette on his team lacking energy… 
“I thought we were missing energy the entire night. We didn’t generate very much in the second period, and that kind of carried over into the third period. [Jonathan] Quick made some unbelievable saves in the second period to mask some of that.. Throughout the entire game, we didn’t have the pop that we needed. When we didn’t start to skate a little bit towards them, we went east-west and turned the puck over and that kind of kills everything and they can come back at you very quick.”

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