Rangers lose to lowly Oilers in 6,000th game in franchise history

Nail Yakupov
Rookie Nail Yakupov scored the game-winner for Edmonton.
Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers did not want to celebrate the 6,000th regular season game in franchise history this way.

The team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Western Conferece-worst Oilers in a match Thursday night at the Garden.

“We just weren’t as sharp [as needed],” Brad Richards said. “We have to do a better job.”

Even though the Rangers finished with advantages in shots on goal (36-31) and attempted shots (65-51), most came off the rush and were relatively easy stops for Ben Scrivens (35 saves).

“He was good,” Marc Staal said. “We didn’t have a lot of secondary chances, missed some good shots. I think you [have] to get in front of a guy like that. He’s playing well and I don’t think we had enough traffic, causing rebounds and scrambles. He played [well] but I don’t think we did enough consistently to score more [than one goal].”

While Scrivens was putting on a show, Cam Talbot attempted to match the Edmonton netminder save for save.

As good as Talbot and Scrivens were, neither were impregnable. Ryan Smyth gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead 2:56 into the first period with his eighth of the season. Edmonton’s lead lasted until Derick Brassard scored 22 seconds into the second period.

The game remained tied after Brassard’s goal until Nail Yakupov ripped a slapshot from the slot with 1:38 left in regulation.

On the play to set up Yakupov’s game-winner, the Oilers forecheck would not allow the Rangers to leave the defensive zone and Sam Gagner found the 2012 first-overall pick with a no-look pass from along the goal line for the one-timer.

“The winning goal was five guys on the ice getting beat to loose pucks and [the Oilers] protecting the puck and finding an open man all alone in the slot,” head coach Alain Vigneault said. “We were trying to block the shot and it goes off our stick and in. There were five puck battles and we lost them and it ends up in the back of our net.”

There is no time for the loss to marinate as the Rangers meet the Eastern Confernce-leading Penguins Friday night in Pittsburgh for their last game before the two-week Olympic break. The Rangers will send seven players to Sochi: Rick Nash (Canada), Carl Hagelin and Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), Mats Zuccarello (Norway) and Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan (United States).

“It’s a big game,” Staal said of the game in Pittsburgh. “They are a good team and we have to move by this and learn from it. We have to be better and try to get a win.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.