Trying to create more chances, coach John Tortorella juggled lines to open the second. Gaborik was sent out with Anisimov and Dubinsky. And when Andy Sutton held and dumped Prust in mid-ice, the winger chased down the former Islander and dropped the gloves. But the Rangers managed just two shots on the ensuing power play.
Soon after, the Rangers, on their most sustained shift of the game, almost scored, as Stepan fed McDonagh pinching down the left side, but the defenseman’s shot went wide. Then Gaborik, falling in front, rolled a rebound of Bell’s shot just past the right post.
Bell pinched and the Oilers stormed up ice, with Taylor Hall cutting down the side and finding Ryan Nugent Hopkins in the slot for a wrister at 10:09. Jordan Eberle, another one of the Oilers top draftees, was awarded the other assist.