Wayne Gretzky had two goals and two assists and Paul Coffey added two goals and one assist last night in New York to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers.
Gretzky's three points gave him a league-leading 45 for the season, one more than the pace he was on last year when he scored a record 212 points. Gretzky has scored at least one point in each of Edmonton's 20 games this season.
The Rangers remained in a tie for third place in the Patrick Division with the idle Washington Capitals. The Rangers, however, have played two more games than the Capitals.
After New York's Don Maloney and Edmonton's Pat Hughes traded goals in the first period, Gretzky and Coffey took charge. Gretzky broke the tie 1:15 into the second period with a short tip after a feed across the crease from Charlie Huddy.
New York's Ed Johnstone tied it, 2-2, at 10:00 with his 100th NHL goal, poking the puck past goalie Grant Fuhr even though he was being dragged to the ice by an Edmonton defenseman. Then Gretzky set up Coffey for a 40-foot slap shot with the Oilers holding a five-on-three skating advantage at 13:01.
Only 22 seconds later, with Edmonton still on a power play, Mark Messier set up Gretzky for a quick wrist shot.
The defeat snapped New York's five-game home winning streak.