Strome, Rangers hand Oilers fourth straight loss

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NEW YORK — Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists for his first three-point game this season, and the New York Rangers handed the Edmonton Oilers their fourth straight loss with a 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Chris Kreider scored his 20th goal of the season, and Adam Fox had two assists for the Rangers (22-8-4), who are tied for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals. Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves for his first win since Dec. 10.

Ryan McLeod scored, and Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves for the Oilers (18-13-2), who are 0-2-2 in their past four games and 2-8-2 in their past 12.

Kreider scored a power-play goal at 3:32 of the third period with a net-front deflection of Fox’s initial shot to give New York a 3-1 lead.

Kreider, who is the fourth player with at least 20 goals this season, has scored 12 on the power play, second in the NHL behind Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (13).

Georgiev preserved the two-goal lead with a point-blank glove save on Connor McDavid at 11:33.

Strome scored less than three minutes later when his cross-ice pass redirected in off Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie to give New York a 4-1 lead at 14:11.

Edmonton was limited to two power plays after getting none in a 3-2 overtime loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Oilers’ power play, which is No. 1 in the NHL, is 0-for-4 during their four-game skid.

Alexis Lafreniere opened the scoring at 5:25 of the first period, connecting on a one-timer from the right hash marks after Strome stole the puck from Koskinen behind the net.

Lafreniere then setup Barclay Goodrow for a goal off the rush at 3:49 of the second to make it 2-0.

McLeod cut it to 2-1 at 14:00 by redirecting Tyler Benson‘s pass past Georgiev.

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