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Edmonton 7, NY Rangers 5
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Chris Schlenker, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18347

James Neal scored twice in the opening 8:46 of the first period and recorded a hat trick Tuesday night, and the Edmonton Oilers raced out to a six-goal lead, then held on for a 7-5 victory over the visiting New York Rangers.

Neal recorded his second hat trick of the season, becoming the fifth player with multiple hat tricks in his first season for Edmonton. He joined Blair MacDonald (1979-80), Jari Kurri (1980-81), Glenn Anderson (1980-81) and Wayne Gretzky (1979-80).

Neal scored 11 seconds into the game. After scoring a power-play goal later in the first period, he notched his eighth career hat trick by scoring on the power play again with 6:37 remaining in the second for a 5-0 lead.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored and collected three assists for the Oilers, who improved to 5-10-1 in their past 16 games.

Leon Draisaitl and Josh Archibald also scored, and Kailer Yamamoto added an empty-net goal with 67 seconds left after Edmonton nearly collapsed in the third.

Chris Kreider scored New York's first goal with 26 seconds left in the second period, and Ryan Strome, Marc Staal, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad tallied in the third period for the Rangers. Panarin also had three assists a day after being named to the All-Star Game.

Edmonton goaltender Mikko Koskinen stopped the first 20 shots he faced and finished with 28 saves.

New York backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev allowed six goals on 24 shots before being pulled for Henrik Lundqvist after Edmonton went up 6-0. Lundqvist finished with six saves.

Neal made it 1-0 when he put Zack Kassian's backhanded pass over Georgiev. The Oilers went up 2-0 when Neal tipped in Oscar Klefbom's shot from the point past Georgiev's stick.

Nugent-Hopkins made it 3-0 by redirecting a point shot from Ethan Bear with 8:47 remaining in the first. Draisaitl extended the lead to 4-0 by shoving the puck past Georgiev from the high slot with 6:49 remaining in the second, and Neal notched his hat trick 12 seconds later with a one-timer from above the right circle.

Kreider started the comeback by putting a one-timer by Koskinen with 26 seconds left in the second. Strome's tap-in made it 6-2 at 4:38 of the third, Staal's tip-in made it 6-3 with 8:31 remaining, and Panarin's wrist shot less than a minute later cut the deficit to two.

Zibanejad made it 6-5 with 3:45 remaining when his long shot eluded Koskinen's glove and trickled into the net.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   Edmonton
Artemi Panarin 4 Points James Neal 4
Artemi Panarin 1 Goals James Neal 3
Artemi Panarin 3 Assists Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3
N/A Power Play Goals James Neal 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist 1.000 Save Percentage Mikko Koskinen .848
Alexandar Georgiev 18 Saves Mikko Koskinen 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 33 5 0-1 3-6 16 37
Edmonton 31 7 3-6 1-1 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Oilers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .591 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Rangers have a W/L % of .316 after a win and .650 after a loss.