Monday, January 17, 2022

Rangers bottle up Oilers to take top spot in NHL standings

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Add another team that scored another high point under Rangers ’win column.

With a few key ingredients returning from the COVID-19 protocol, the Blueshirts included the T-shirts for 60 minutes and a convincing 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The win was the third in a row for the Rangers and they had the most points in the league as they prepared for the longest trip of the season.

Ryan Strom led Rangers by three points, missed a skate of Oilers defender Tyson Barry before a central pass in the third half and assisted on the first two goals 4-1 at 14:11. It was Strom’s first three-point night of the season and the 11th night of his career.

Ryan Lindgren returned to the Rangers and was a second-rate assistant in his first game after missing the previous three games due to COVID-19 protocols. Lindgren, who teamed up with Adam Fox on the blue line, also posted two shots, three shots and a blocked shot at 16:22.

Rookie defender Nils Lundqvist was sidelined by Zach Jones, who made his second game in a row after making his season debut against Lightning on Sunday. This time, Jones created a third defensive pair with Libor Hajek instead.

Ryan Strom scored three points last night.

In addition, goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev and fourth liner Kevin Rooney canceled the protocol and returned to the lineup. Defender Patrick Nemet also missed the second game with a “non-COVID problem,” the team said.

After Alexis Lafreniere’s eighth goal of the season after the Rangers took a 1-0 lead after the first half, the Oilers tilted the ice slightly in the middle frame. In his first start before the holiday, Georgiev was forced to hastily save Oilers star Connor McDavid, then stopped against Jesse Puljujarvi. In the end, Georgiev saved 32 of the 33 shots he encountered.

But Barclay Goodrow doubled Rangers ’score from a smooth feed off slot from Lafreniere at 3:49. When Tyler Benson set up Ryan McLeod for easy play, the Oilers managed to get on the board six minutes before the second time.

Rangers, who kept Edmonton around the perimeter and out of dangerous areas of the ice, managed to add two more points to the final frame. Chris Kreider scored his 12th game of the season in his second-place finish in the NHL before Strom’s late goal.

Kayler Yamamoto # 56 Edmonton Oilers and Jacob Trouba
Alexander Georgiev (40) and Jakob Trouba (8) helped keep the oilmen’s high-octane attack on Monday.

Rangers put together another strong opening 20 minutes, beating the Oilers 11-6 and making them work for every inch of ice. There was zoning time in Edmonton, but the blues covered the sidewalks and felt their boards across the boards.

Rangers, who blocked nine shots and recorded five shots, kept the Oilers team away from scoring high.

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