Sometimes the rope a dope works, and sometimes it just gets you punched in the face all night.
After finding a way to win despite being terribly outplayed by Anaheim on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers must have decided to get terribly outplayed by the New York Rangers on Sunday to see if it would work again.
They got punched in the face all night.
The Oilers had three shots in the first period, didn’t get their 10th until the 30-minute mark, gave up their league-leading 12th and 13th shorthanded goals and were shut out at home for the ninth time this season in a 5-0 loss to the Blueshirts.
The Oilers escaped the first period with a 1-0 deficit thanks to Ben Scrivens, who gave up a Mats Zuccarello deflection to make it 1-0 at 16:30, but it seemed like it was only a matter of time.