Rangers Stumble and Fall to Oilers, 7-5

It was like video game hockey, with lots of goals and seemingly little defense, and, in the end, it marked a new low-water mark for the Rangers this season.

Taylor Hall scored two 3rd period goals, including the game-winner with 1:34 to play, and Lauri Korpikoski scored his first NHL hat trick, as the Edmonton Oilers outplayed the Rangers, 7-5, Friday night in Edmonton. It was the most goals the Blueshirts have allowed in a game this season, and the Rangers are now 2-6-1 in their last nine games.

The Blueshirts trailed 3-1 and 5-3, but each time they rallied to tie the score, the Oilers would quickly retake the lead. After trailing 3-1 going into the 2nd period, the Rangers tied the game 3-3 at the end of the period. But they gave up a goal to Hall 18 seconds into the 3rd period to trail again, 4-3.

And when Rick Nash scored a power play goal with just 1:46 to play, tying the score 5-5, the game seemed headed to overtime. But Hall scored his second goal of the period, and 14th of the season, just 12 seconds later to give Edmonton a 6-5 lead. Korpikoski, who got his start in the NHL with the Rangers in 2008-09, added an empty net goal with 38 seconds to play to complete his hat trick.

New York got two goals from Derick Brassard, and goals from Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, and Nash.

Henrik Lundqvist got the start but was pulled 2:40 into the 3rd period, after giving up 5 goals on 33 shots. Antti Raanta replaced him, and took the loss, giving up Hall’s game-winner.

The game was Alain Vigneault‘s 1000th game as an NHL head coach.

The Rangers [now 18-9-3, 39 pts] play the Flames in Calgary Saturday night.