McDavid and Oilers slip up New York Rangers; another blown lead and OT loss

Rangers blow two leads before falling in OT.

By Field Level Media
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Nov 5, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) carries the puck through New York Rangers defensemen Adam Fox (23) and New York Rangers defensemen Patrik Nemeth (12) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Leon Draisaitl scored 3:27 into overtime after Connor McDavid scored the tying goal with 2:59 left in regulation as the Edmonton Oilers rallied from a three-goal deficit for a wild 6-5 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Friday night.

Edmonton won for the ninth time in 10 games to start the season and Draisaitl tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with his 10th goal when he got the cross-ice pass from Darnell Nurse and lifted a wrist shot from the right circle over New York goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Rangers blow two leads en route to another OT loss

Edmonton overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-4, and forged a 5-5 tie on McDavid’s highlight-reel goal.

Moments after Tyson Barrie hit the post, the puck went to the neutral zone and McDavid retrieved it. McDavid warded off checks by four New York defenders, reached the doorstep and lifted a backhander past a sprawling Georgiev.

Mika Zibanejad scored the final two goals for the Rangers. He scored on the power play 6:56 into the second and then snapped a 4-4 tie 7:18 into the third.

“I think we did a good job getting the lead, we had a three-goal lead, and I think we did a good job up to that point,” Zibanejad said via NHL.com. “I don’t know if we get too passive and try to protect the lead in a little too much of a defensive way, but that one obviously stings. They have some good players that can make plays, but I think we just have to find a way to battle through that and end it there.”

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Nov 5, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The New York Rangers celebrate a second period goal by forward Chris Kreider (20) against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Hyman scored Edmonton’s first goal late in the opening period, and Jesse Puljujarvi sandwiched two goals around Barrie’s power-play marker a minute into the third.

Puljujarvi started the comeback on the power play with 5:19 left in the second, and then tied the game with a slap shot after getting a long pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3:35 into the second.

Filip Chytil, Kevin Rooney and Chris Kreider scored for the Rangers, who lost in overtime for the second straight game.

McDavid also had an assist on Barrie’s goal when he made a nifty behind-the-back pass after Draisaitl won an offensive zone faceoff. Draisaitl had two assists to raise his league-leading points total to 23.

Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves for his seventh win of the season, while Georgiev allowed six goals on 39 shots.

Notable Rangers

  • Chris Kreider now has 8 goals on the year which is tied for 3rd in the NHL. He also passed Phil Esposito for 15th All-Time in NYR history
  • Mika Zibanejad scored twice and has three-game point streak (3G-1A)
  • Artemi Panarin extended his point streak to four games (1G-6A) with an assist
  • Adam Fox picked up an assist for his 12th point on the year (2G-10A)
  • Nils Lundkvist picked up an assist in his return. He has back to back games with a point with healthy scratches in between

–Field Level Media