The New York Rangers traveled to Edmonton to take on an Oilers team that is dead last in the Western Conference. The Rangers showed why the Oilers are the bottom feeders of their conference, routing them 5-0 in an emphatic win highlighted by a three-goal second period. It appears that head coach Alain Vigneault’s decision to split up Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash paid off as Nash popped in two goals on the night. Mats Zuccarello also put in two goals as well. Center Derek Stepan seemed perfectly fine with spreading the wealth as he registered three assists. Backup goaltender Cam Talbot posted his third shutout of the season with 26 saves. It was most likely his final start of the regular season, which caps an impressive first season with the Rangers.
The win felt really good for a team that recently saw it’s five game winning streak snapped against the Calgary Flames on Friday in a discouraging 4-3 loss. The Rangers have looked like a strong playoff-bound team lately, so it was a little disheartening to see them give up four goals to a lowly team like the Flames. The result that they registered against the Oilers is much more indicative of the powerful, dominating performance that the New York is capable of against lesser opponents.
The Rangers now sit two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the standings, who happen to have two games in hand. New York couldn’t afford to drop another game like they did on Friday, so it is good to see them taking care of business in such a convincing fashion. The team will be in Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Tuesday, continuing their four-game road trip.