Sports - New York Rangers vs. Edmonton Oilers - 11/3/97

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NEW YORK -- Pat LaFontaine scored the tying goal with 4:50 left in the second period, and both Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph made big saves down the stretch as the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers skated to a 2-2 deadlock. Less than two minutes after Rem Murray scored to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead, LaFontaine got his eighth goal of the season. LaFontaine fought off a Boyd Devereaux check in the slot and redirected Tim Sweeney's pass by Joseph.

The Rangers had all three shots in overtime but Joseph was not called upon to make a tough save. Richter and Joseph came up with big stops toward the end of regulation. Richter stopped Todd Marchant's backhander with 4:25 remaining and denied Mats Lindgren's one-timer just over two minutes later. Joseph made a pad stop on Wayne Gretzky's wrist shot with 6:58 to play and also got his chest on Mike Keane's wrister with 3:59 left.

"It was not a bad tie, the ice was extremely bad, they didn't change it from a horse show I think," Joseph said. "It was hard to make a pass on the power play. We got a lucky bounce and they got a lucky bounce."

Kevin Stevens also tallied for the Rangers, who are winless in four straight (0-2-2). New York is 0-3-2 in its last five home games against the Oilers since a victory on Feb. 7, 1990.

"It's not a good tie, we needed a win," Rangers coach Colin Campbell said. "We're at home, ties are better than a loss but we've got to be thinking win. It's frustrating, there were periods in the game where we could have gotten our way with an easy goal. Their first goal was just a terrible defeat by us and there's no other way to explain it but a huge mistake. We just haven't got that easy goal, that garbage goal. Everything seems to have to be a masterpiece, until that happens we're going to be in these tight games."

Joseph finished with 26 saves for Edmonton, which has a loss and a tie on a six-game road trip.

Marchant's second goal with 3:43 left in the first period gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Stevens tied it at 5:58 of the second with his fifth goal when his pass from the right side of the net caromed off the skate of Oilers defenseman Drake Berehowsky and past Joseph. Murray's second goal of the season came with 6:39 remaining in the second.

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Edmonton Oilers 2, NEW YORK RANGERS 2 (OT)

                    1ST  2ND  3RD  OT    FINAL
                    ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
EDMONTON             1    1    0    0      2
NY RANGERS           0    2    0    0      2

FIRST PERIOD -- SCORING: 1, Edmonton, T Marchant 2 (Lindgren), 16:17. PENALTIES: Berg, Nyr (hooking), 0:37; Lindgren, Edm (holding), 4:05; Mironov, Edm (Obstr tripping), 7:52; Lidster, Nyr (cross checking), 10:24; Langdon, Nyr (boarding), 13:41.

SECOND PERIOD -- SCORING: 2, NY Rangers, Stevens 5 (Sundstrom, Gretzky), 5:50. 3, Edmonton, Murray 2 (B Devereaux, Mironov), 13:21. 4, NY Rangers, LaFontaine 8 (Sweeney, Leetch), 15:10. PENALTIES: McGillis, Edm (Obstr holding), 6:30; Karpovtsev, Nyr (Obstr hooking), 18:14.

THIRD PERIOD -- SCORING: None. PENALTIES: Mironov, Edm (hooking), 1:50; Berehowsky, Edm (roughing), 4:55; LaFontaine, Nyr served by Gretzky (cross checking, roughing), 4:55.


SHOTS ON GOAL 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- EDMONTON 5 15 6 0 26 NY RANGERS 4 10 11 3 28

POWER PLAY: Edm - 0 of 5, Nyr - 0 of 4. GOALIES: Edmonton, Joseph (28 shots, 26 saves; record: 5-5-2). NY Rangers, Richter (26, 24; record: 3-5-5).

Referee: Trottier. Linesmen: Broseker, Heyer. A:18,200.

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