New York Rangers are more like a complete squad with recent wins

January 3, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreni? ? re (13) celebrates his New York Rangers center goal Ryan Strome (16) against the Edmonton Oilers in the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers came out of the extended break with three wins in four games. They could arguably be unbeaten without a bad spell in Florida that cost them a game. It was the team’s first loss of the season in regulation after losing a lead in the third period.

“You’re not going to find a team that doesn’t explode a lead in the third period during the year,” said Jacob Trouba after the loss. “We played a good game for the most part – correct some mistakes we made in the third period and you’ll be fine. “

His words were prophetic because they came back with a home sweep against the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning and a complete victory over the Oilers.

The Rangers play as a complete team

Ryan Strome had one goal and two assists and Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves to take the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Alexis Lafrenière and Barclay Goodrow each scored and scored a goal and Chris Kreider also scored to propel New York to their third straight victory. Defenseman Adam Fox notched two assists for the Rangers, who blocked 22 shots en route to avenge a 6-5 overtime loss to Edmonton on November 5.

Strome pulled out Koskinen’s puck before feeding Lafrenière into the box for an easy conversion to open the scoring at 5:25 of the first period. Lafrenière’s goal was his eighth of the season and his second in his last three games.

“The last few nights have been just a really good top-down team effort, ‘D’, forwards, goalkeepers,” Strome said. “It’s nice to see. I think maybe the [holiday] the break did us good. The ice rink is buzzing. The guys are excited and happy. It’s a good feeling.

Georgiev retained his slim advantage as he pushed back Edmonton captain Connor McDavid on a rush early in the second period before stopping at the pad on Jesse Puljujarvi.

“I think a lot of credit should go to the defense, they paved the way for me to see the puck,” Georgiev said. “The big difference from last year is sacrificing so much to do the little things to win games.”

It’s about twenty guys

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January 3, 2022; New York, New York, United States; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates the 4-1 victory with New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) against the Edmonton Oilers after the game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

New York doubled the lead at 3:49 of the second period after a rush from Lafrenière allowed Goodrow to score from the lunge. Goodrow’s goal was his seventh of the season and his third in his last three games.

McLeod, however, managed a superb backhand pass from Tyler Benson to halve Edmonton’s deficit with exactly six minutes left in the second period. It was McLeod’s fourth goal this season and the first since November 23.

Kreider restored New York’s two-goal advantage by converting to a power play at 3:32 of the third period. Fox’s shot from the point was deflected at home by Kreider for his team-leading 20th goal of the season.

Strome provided assurance with 5:49 left in the third period after his pass took off Edmonton defenseman Tyson Barrie’s skate and into the net.

“Twenty guys showed up and did a good job,” said Gerard Gallant afterward. “The last two games (at home) have been great. They believe in our group, they hear the noise and it’s a lot of fun.

The New York Rangers are now embarking on a five-game road trip. They lead the NHL in points with 48 points and a solid grip on a playoff berth.

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