Thursday, February 6, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Oilers 2, Rangers 1
By Katie Strang
NEW YORK -- Edmonton's Nail Yakupov snapped a 1-1 tie with just 1:38 left in regulation to end the Rangers' four-game winning streak and give the Oilers a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
The former first overall pick fired from the high slot and beat backup netminder Cam Talbot for the game-winner as the Oilers recorded their fifth win in the last six games.
The Rangers have a tough test ahead before they wrap up for the Olympic break, facing the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins in Pittsburgh on Friday.
No goal: The Oilers can't be happy about what would've been a go-ahead power-play goal that was nullified with a quick whistle at 10:57 of the second period. According to the NHL's situation room, the play was not reviewable because the official blew his whistle to stop play before the puck crossed the goal line.
Shutout streak snapped: Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens had his shutout streak at Madison Square Garden this season snapped at 80 minutes 22 seconds after Derick Brassard notched the equalizer on a one-timer from the right circle 22 seconds into play. Scrivens blanked the Rangers 1-0 earlier this season while still playing for the Kings in November.
Quick start: The Oilers jumped out to a quick lead with Ryan Smyth's goal just 2:56 into play. After Brian Boyle lost the puck in the Rangers' zone, David Perron ripped a shot high off Talbot, who lost track of the puck as Smyth swooped in to bang it home.
Clock is ticking: With less than a day until the Olympic roster freeze goes into effect, it does not appear the Ryan Callahan situation will have any resolution before the 28-year-old winger heads off to Sochi. Multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com Thursday evening that the situation was status quo and that nothing appeared imminent. Further evidence to that end? Callahan was not held out of the lineup, a precautionary move teams opt to make to protect their asset when a deal is close.