Gold-plated gifts

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

NEW YORK -- The current New York players gave Mark Messier four gold-plated fishing rods shaped like hockey sticks.

The 1994 Stanley Cup team chipped in for a personalized fishing chair.

A charity organization gave him a sculpture.

Some former Ranger greats gave him a painting.

And the Edmonton Oilers? They handed over two points, scripting the perfect fairy-tale ending for the former Ranger captain's retirement ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

3-1 COLLAPSE

"Same old, same old, another game we should have won," said head coach Craig MacTavish, whose club let a 3-1 lead collapse in a matter of minutes, then let Jaromir Jagr score 14 seconds into overtime in a crushing 5-4 defeat. "You're up 3-1 with (3:31) to go in the second period, it's got to end up in the win column for us."

You'd think. But Fedor Tyutin scored at 16:29 and Martin Straka at 18:33 of the second and before Edmonton knew it it was 3-3 after 40.

"We slacked off for the last five minutes of the second period, they capitalized on a power play, kept themselves in the game, tied it up going into the third and the rest is history," said Ryan Smyth, summing the collapse up perfectly.

"They (New York) had it going at that point," said MacTavish, who knows they have to learn how to close out games like this one. "We took the game away from them in the second period and let them back in by taking the penalty (Jason Smith, interference). Then momentum changed and we made a mistake and instead of going to the dressing room with a two-goal lead, it's all even.

"That's the savvy, the game within the game that we have to sort out."

For the resurgent Rangers, it was their third win in a row. For Edmonton, the last seven games look like this: L-W-L-W-L-W-L.

"We set the bar high here," said Smyth. "We want to make sure we're competing hard against the top clubs because it gives us a measure of where we are."

The Rangers led 1-0 after 20 on Steve Rucchin's goal, then Edmonton's special teams went on a tear in the second period, scoring twice on the power play (Michael Peca and Marc-Andre Bergeron) and once while shorthanded (Ales Hemsky) to take a 3-1 lead.

It looked like they might run away with it, but two goals late in the second and one more early in the third (Petr Prucha's weak backhand at 2:14 on New York's 16 shot) put the Rangers ahead.

'MAKING IT TOUGH'

"We're just making it tough on ourselves," said Peca, who'd tie it with another shorthanded goal midway through the third. "It was another pretty solid effort, but those four minutes in the second period we'd love to have back."

The first 14 seconds of OT weren't that great, either. Jagr beat Markkanen head to head with a bullet from the high slot.

"I had a lot of time, that's for sure," shrugged Jagr, who, contrary to what the Oilers think, said the game was never in doubt.

"When you're playing good, you know that sooner or later you're going to come back."

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