Neal records hat trick in 4-point game, Oilers top Rangers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers nearly allowed a dubious first in NHL history.

James Neal had three goals and an assist and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists as the Oilers built a six-goal lead and held on to beat the New York Rangers 7-5 on Tuesday night.

No team in NHL history has ever come back to win from a 6-0 deficit.

''We got a little passive in the third,'' Nugent-Hopkins said. ''They have some high-end skill that will make you pay if you sit back too much, but at the end of the day we got the two points and we're happy with the win.''

Leon Draisaitl, Josh Archibald and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for the Oilers (21-17-4) who snapped a two-game losing skid and won for just the third time in 11 games.

It was also the first time the Oilers have won a game on New Years Eve since 1985, going 0-13-3 with a tie during that span.

''I was one year out of being a rookie in the league, that is a long time ago,'' Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. ''I found that stat hard to believe when I heard it, but if that is the case I am glad we were able to break the streak.''

Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Marc Staal, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad scoredfor the Rangers (19-16-4) who saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

Rangers head coach David Quinn said his team showed some tenacity by not giving up, but they should not have been in the situation in the first place.

''We showed some things we're going to need moving forward,'' he said. ''That being said, we can't lose sight of the fact we can't start a game like that and we have to build on that ending and carry that over.''

After allowing a goal 11 seconds into their loss to Calgary on Friday, the Oilers scored 11 seconds into their game against the Rangers on their first shot, as Zack Kassian made a backhand pass in front to Neal, who directed home his 17th of the season past New York goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Edmonton took a two-goal lead on the power play nine minutes into the opening period as Neal tipped in a long shot by Oscar Klefbom for his second goal of the game.

The Oilers kept coming with yet another goal two minutes later as Nugent-Hopkins redirected in his eighth of the season off of an Ethan Bear shot, giving Edmonton three goals on six shots.

Edmonton went up 4-0 with another power-play goal with seven minutes left in the second frame as Nugent-Hopkins kicked the puck back to Draisaitl in traffic in front and he scored his 23rd.

The Rangers took a bench penalty out of frustration with the officiating and the Oilers scored another power-play goal just 12 seconds later. Connor McDavid dropped it back to Neal, who blasted in a shot for the hat trick.

Edmonton scored its third goal in less than three minutes as Archibald snapped home his third.

That chased an irate Georgiev from the net. Henrik Lundqvist replaced him.

The Rangers finally got one past Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen as Kreider sent a one-timer into the net with 25 seconds remaining in the second period.

New York got another one back five minutes into the third as Strome converted on a great pass from Adam Fox.

The Rangers then gave the Oilers a scare with two goals in 38 seconds as Staal scored his second of the season and Panarin notched his 22nd to go along with three assists.

The comeback continued with 3:45 left in the third period as Koskinen made a glove save on a Zibanejad shot, but that glove was deemed to be well over the goal line.

The Oilers managed to finally put the game away with an empty net goal by Yamamoto, who was playing his first game of the season.

UP NEXT

Rangers: At Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Oilers: At Buffalo Sabers on Thursday.

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123T
NYR19-16-4
0145
EDM21-17-4
3317
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Buchnevich RW00-110/0017:335
F. Chytil C00034/9214:460
T. DeAngelo D01100/0020:402
J. Fast RW00220/0016:570
S. Fogarty C00-100/1008:460
A. Fox D02-110/0019:001
B. Howden C00011/1215:102
K. Kakko RW00-100/0012:330
C. Kreider LW10020/0014:190
R. Lindgren D00-100/0409:531
G. McKegg C00-114/1011:341
A. Panarin LW13350/0018:100
B. Skjei D01230/0023:382
B. Smith RW00-100/0010:080
M. Staal D10210/0016:473
R. Strome C112313/8416:571
J. Trouba D00030/0025:325
M. Zibanejad C10-1715/9019:550
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW10120/0012:201
E. Bear D01210/0021:460
L. Draisaitl LW10-2112/10017:490
S. Gagner RW00-232/0215:281
G. Haas C00010/4011:250
Z. Kassian RW01040/0015:420
J. Khaira LW02011/0215:012
O. Klefbom D02230/0020:220
W. Lagesson D00-110/0011:510
A. Larsson D00-300/0018:440
C. McDavid C01129/12022:131
J. Neal LW31140/0021:362
R. Nugent-Hopkins C13033/9218:160
D. Nurse D00-110/0022:083
J. Nygard LW00-200/0012:051
K. Russell D00-100/0018:382
R. Sheahan C01001/2011:350
K. Yamamoto RW10031/0011:014
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Georgiev (L)246180.75035:18
H. Lundqvist 6061.00024:18
GOALIESSA
A. Georgiev (L)24
H. Lundqvist 6
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Koskinen (W)335280.84860:00
GOALIESSA
M. Koskinen (W)33
Filip Chytil shot on goal (Snap shot)
NYR:GoalsShots
EDM:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • EDM
      18:53GOAL Kailer Yamamoto (Empty net shot), Assist: Jujhar Khaira
    • NYR
      16:15GOAL Mika Zibanejad (Snap shot), Assists: Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo
    • NYR
      12:07GOAL Artemi Panarin (Snap shot)
    • NYR
      11:29GOAL Marc Staal (Tip-in shot), Assists: Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin
    • NYR
      04:38GOAL Ryan Strome (Snap shot), Assists: Adam Fox and Artemi Panarin
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NYR
      19:34GOAL Chris Kreider (Snap shot), Assists: Artemi Panarin and Brady Skjei
    • EDM
      15:04GOAL Josh Archibald (Wrist shot), Assist: Riley Sheahan
    • EDM
      13:23(PP) GOAL James Neal (Snap shot), Assists: Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    • EDM
      13:11(PP) GOAL Leon Draisaitl (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • EDM
      11:13GOAL Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Tip-in shot), Assists: Ethan Bear and Jujhar Khaira
    • EDM
      08:46(PP) GOAL James Neal (Tip-in shot), Assists: Oscar Klefbom and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    • EDM
      11.0GOAL James Neal (Wrist shot), Assists: Zack Kassian and Oscar Klefbom
PENALTIES
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • NYR
        17:15Filip Chytil penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • NYR
        13:11Bench penalty Bench Penalty - 2 min., served by Chris Kreider
      • NYR
        12:13Ryan Lindgren penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • NYR
        12:13Ryan Lindgren penalty Cross Checking - 2 min., served by Pavel Buchnevich
      • EDM
        12:13Jujhar Khaira penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
      • NYR
        08:31Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Chris Kreider
      • EDM
        05:20Ryan Nugent-Hopkins penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • NYR
        05:20Ryan Strome penalty High Sticking - 4 min., served by Pavel Buchnevich
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • NYR
        08:38Brett Howden penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • EDM
        01:27Sam Gagner penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    NYR
    EDM
    Shots on Goal3331
    Goals in Power Play03
    Faceoff Wins3729
    Penalties73
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties73
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    NYR
    Shots on Goal33
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins37
    Penalties7
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties7
    Misconducts0
    123T
    NYR19-16-4
    0145
    EDM21-17-4
    3317
    STARS OF THE GAME
    15.2 %SHOT %22.6 %
    0.774 %SAVE %0.848 %
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Buchnevich RW00-110/0017:335
    F. Chytil C00034/9214:460
    T. DeAngelo D01100/0020:402
    J. Fast RW00220/0016:570
    S. Fogarty C00-100/1008:460
    A. Fox D02-110/0019:001
    B. Howden C00011/1215:102
    K. Kakko RW00-100/0012:330
    C. Kreider LW10020/0014:190
    R. Lindgren D00-100/0409:531
    G. McKegg C00-114/1011:341
    A. Panarin LW13350/0018:100
    B. Skjei D01230/0023:382
    B. Smith RW00-100/0010:080
    M. Staal D10210/0016:473
    R. Strome C112313/8416:571
    J. Trouba D00030/0025:325
    M. Zibanejad C10-1715/9019:550
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Archibald RW10120/0012:201
    E. Bear D01210/0021:460
    L. Draisaitl LW10-2112/10017:490
    S. Gagner RW00-232/0215:281
    G. Haas C00010/4011:250
    Z. Kassian RW01040/0015:420
    J. Khaira LW02011/0215:012
    O. Klefbom D02230/0020:220
    W. Lagesson D00-110/0011:510
    A. Larsson D00-300/0018:440
    C. McDavid C01129/12022:131
    J. Neal LW31140/0021:362
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C13033/9218:160
    D. Nurse D00-110/0022:083
    J. Nygard LW00-200/0012:051
    K. Russell D00-100/0018:382
    R. Sheahan C01001/2011:350
    K. Yamamoto RW10031/0011:014
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Georgiev (L)246180.75035:18
    H. Lundqvist 6061.00024:18
    GOALIESSA
    A. Georgiev (L)24
    H. Lundqvist 6
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Koskinen (W)335280.84860:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Koskinen (W)33
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    NYR19-16-4
    0145
    EDM21-17-4
    3317
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Buchnevich RW00-110/0017:335
    F. Chytil C00034/9214:460
    T. DeAngelo D01100/0020:402
    J. Fast RW00220/0016:570
    S. Fogarty C00-100/1008:460
    A. Fox D02-110/0019:001
    B. Howden C00011/1215:102
    K. Kakko RW00-100/0012:330
    C. Kreider LW10020/0014:190
    R. Lindgren D00-100/0409:531
    G. McKegg C00-114/1011:341
    A. Panarin LW13350/0018:100
    B. Skjei D01230/0023:382
    B. Smith RW00-100/0010:080
    M. Staal D10210/0016:473
    R. Strome C112313/8416:571
    J. Trouba D00030/0025:325
    M. Zibanejad C10-1715/9019:550
    Total5803337/2916-23
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Archibald RW10120/0012:201
    E. Bear D01210/0021:460
    L. Draisaitl LW10-2112/10017:490
    S. Gagner RW00-232/0215:281
    G. Haas C00010/4011:250
    Z. Kassian RW01040/0015:420
    J. Khaira LW02011/0215:012
    O. Klefbom D02230/0020:220
    W. Lagesson D00-110/0011:510
    A. Larsson D00-300/0018:440
    C. McDavid C01129/12022:131
    J. Neal LW31140/0021:362
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C13033/9218:160
    D. Nurse D00-110/0022:083
    J. Nygard LW00-200/0012:051
    K. Russell D00-100/0018:382
    R. Sheahan C01001/2011:350
    K. Yamamoto RW10031/0011:014
    Total71203129/376-17
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    A. Georgiev (L)246180.75035:18
    H. Lundqvist 6061.00024:18
    GOALIESSA
    A. Georgiev (L)24
    H. Lundqvist 6
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Koskinen (W)335280.84860:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Koskinen (W)33
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      NYR19-16-4
      0145
      EDM21-17-4
      3317
      TEAM STATS
      3.54
      GF AVG
      3.51
      GA AVG
      .71
      Power Play
      3.05
      GF AVG
      3.37
      GA AVG
      .95
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.