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I think we can get to the point (11th Jan 19 at 2:45am UTC)
EDMONTON www.redwingsshoponline.com , Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers weren’t about to let another 2-0 lead slip away.Connor McDavid scored at 2:19 of overtime and had an assist to lead Edmonton past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night, two days after the Oilers blew a two-goal advantage in the third period of a 3-2 loss to Boston.”Going into the third, we didn’t want to repeat the result we had from the previous game,” defenseman Adam Larsson said. ”They made a push, but I thought we answered it today. I thought we did a lot of good things. Even when they scored, we still felt like we had some momentum and we didn’t lose that, we just kept battling and it paid off.”Leon Draisaitl had a goal and set up McDavid’s winner. Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who won for just the second time in their last nine games.”From an offensive perspective, he was a force,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said about Draisaitl, who has 54 points in 56 games this season. ”He used his body very well and accelerated out of protecting the puck where he could push off and create space for himself. Really on both goals, that was nice to see. I thought that line started slow and got going as the night went on and Leon was a big part of it.”Samuel Girard and Colin Wilson scored for the Avalanche, who have lost three of four.”It wasn’t a great game by us,” coach Jared Bednar said. ”I think they had a good game – I don’t think we did. For me, I think we’re lucky to get a point out of that. I don’t think it was a great team effort by us.”The Oilers certainly had the bulk of the pressure in the scoreless first period, putting 19 shots on Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov to seven by the Avalanche on Edmonton starter Cam Talbot.Edmonton broke the deadlock three minutes into the second as Draisaitl put on a clinic Detroit Red Wings T-Shirts Womens , faking out Mikko Rantanen before beating Varlamov up high with a backhander for his 18th of the season.A few minutes later, Varlamov was able to stop McDavid on a clear breakaway and later in the period did the same against Edmonton forward Anton Slepyshev.Edmonton made it 2-0 with 5 1/2 minutes to play in the second when Mark Letestu hooked a shot in front to help Kassian score his seventh.Colorado got a goal back with 19 seconds remaining in the period when Girard’s point shot hit the post and caromed in.The Avalanche tied the game 50 seconds into the third when a pass deflected off an Oilers defender to Wilson, who scored his sixth of the season.NOTES: Edmonton won the season series 2-1, including a 4-2 victory on Sunday when McDavid had a hat trick. … Out of the lineup for the Oilers were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (upper body), Andrej Sekera (head), Patrick Maroon (lower body) and Drake Caggiula (illness). … Absent for the Avalanche were Vladislav Kamenev (arm), Mark Barberio (lower body), Jonathan Bernier (concussion), Erik Johnson (upper body), Sven Andrighetto (leg) and Anton Lindholm (upper body).UP NEXTAvalanche: Conclude a three-game road trip Saturday in Calgary.Oilers: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.— NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers honored Hall of Fame center Jean Ratelle by retiring his No. 19.A banner with his name and number was raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night in a ceremony before the Rangers hosted the Detroit Red WingsRatelle had 336 goals and 481 assists in 861 games over parts of 16 seasons in New York before he was traded to Boston in November 1975 and finished his career with the Bruins in 1981. With the Rangers, he famously centered a line with Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert – dubbed the GAG Line for goal a game.Ratelle received a rousing ovation when he was announced and walked out on the red carpet on the ice, and then again when he was called up to the podium by Gilbert.”This is incredible,” the 77-year-old Ratelle said. ”It is an honor and privilege to see my sweater raised up to the rafters here at Madison Square Garden.”Ratelle, inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, became the ninth player to have his number retired by the Rangers, joining Ed Giacomin (1) Detroit Red Wings Hoodies Womens , Brian Leetch (2), Harry Howell (3), Gilbert (7), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9), Mark Messier (11) and Mike Richter (35).Giacomin, Leetch, Graves, Messier and Richer also attended the ceremony, while Howell and Bathgate were represented by family members. Some of Ratelle’s former teammates were also present, including Brad Park, Rod Seiling, Gilles Villemure, Bob Plager and their coach, 91-year-old Emile Francis.Ratelle still ranks second on the Rangers’ franchise goals list, third for assists and points (817) Detroit Red Wings Hats Womens , and sixth in games played. He and Gilbert are the only players in the top three on the team list for goals, assists and points.The GAG Line’s big season was in 1971-72 when they finished third, fourth and fifth in the league in points. Ratelle, who suffered an ankle injury late in the season, and Hadfield became the first two Rangers to reach 100 points. Hadfield was the first Rangers player to score 50 goals that season, with Ratelle’s 109 points setting a franchise record that stood until Jaromir Jagr had 123 in 2005-06.”I had the best seat in the house,” Francis said. ”The GAG Line was the best line in Rangers history, and Jean was one of the greatest players both on and off the ice.”Ratell was presented with a specially inscribed commemorative watch, a framed No. 19 game-worn jersey, and a custom set of golf clubs with a white bag with the Rangers logo on it.At the end of the ceremony, Gilbert announced the Rangers would honor Hadfield next season and raise his No. 11 to the rafters, Hadfield got emotional and the fans gave him a big ovation.When the Rangers skated out for pregame warmups they were all wearing No. 19 jerseys with Ratelle’s name on the back.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP
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