Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist, and Dylan McIlrath scored his first career NHL goal, as the Rangers returned to their winning ways, beating the Oilers, 4-2, Tuesday night at The Garden. The win snapped the Blueshirts’ three-game losing streak and ended Edmonton’s six-game winning streak.
Henrik Lundqvist needed to make just 18 saves, as the Rangers blocked 23 shots. Lundqvist is now 15-6-3 on the season.
Zuccarello got the Rangers on the scoreboard first, scoring 5:04 into the 1st period to give New York a 1-0 lead. Zuccarello took a pass from Keith Yandle and scored while falling forward to one knee.
Taylor Hall scored a power play goal for Edmonton 5:14 into the 2nd period, tying the score at 1-1. Hall has 15 goals on the season.
A few minutes later, a little history: McIlrath scored his first career goal, on a slapshot from just inside the blue line at 7:54, giving the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead. But the Oilers re-tied the game just before the end of the period, on Jordan Eberle‘s goal at 18:20.
Nash gave the Rangers the lead for good 61 seconds later, putting his own rebound past Anders Nilsson and scoring power play goal at 19:21 to make it 3-2.
The Oilers could not convert on three power play opportunities in the first half of the 3rd period. Jesper Fast added an empty net goal with :03 to play in the 3rd period for the final margin.
Brady Skjei, called up Tuesday from Hartford, made his NHL debut, logging 14:54 of ice time.
The Rangers [now 19-9-4, 42 pts] play the Wild in Minneapolis Thursday night.