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NEW YORK (AP)—Radek Dvorak wanted a goal and a win on his return to New York. He got both.

Dvorak, who had been held to just four assists in his first 13 games this season, got a shot to go in Monday night and helped the Edmonton Oilers rally for a 5-4 win over his former Rangers teammates.

“I’m glad I scored tonight against my old team and we got a huge win,” Dvorak said.

Raffi Torres scored consecutive goals 3:53 apart in the second period to push Edmonton in front 4-2. Dvorak tied it for the Oilers, who trailed 2-0.

“We showed we wanted the game more than they do,” Dvorak said. “We had a slow start and we scored a couple of goals. It was 3-2 right away, and we scored the fourth one and the momentum changed.”

Bobby Holik, who scored twice for the Rangers and nearly had a third, agreed with Dvorak’s assessment. Holik is usually the most critical about his team and he had plenty to be upset about.

“We do think sometimes that we can beat someone on talent only. It just doesn’t work that way,” he said. “I don’t know when we’re going to learn.”

Jarret Stoll, playing for the first time in six games following a bout with tonsillitis, scored his first NHL goal, and Jason Chimera added one in the third for Edmonton.

Ty Conklin made 32 saves for the Oilers, who sent regular goalie Tommy Salo back to Edmonton to have his injured hip examined.

Conklin admitted to being nervous early in his ninth NHL game.

“A bit in the first, but that was to be expected,” he said. “I was a little jittery, but I settled down the rest of the way.”

Holik and Boris Mironov scored first-period goals, and Brian Leetch got his first of the season late in the second to bring New York within 4-3. Holik made it a one-goal game again at 5-4 when he took a pass from Eric Lindros and scored with a backhander with 4:23 left.

“That’s a shot I usually save,” Conklin said, “but it made it more interesting down the stretch.”

Blowing a lead is not what Rangers coach and general manager Glen Sather had in mind for his first game behind the bench against the Oilers. Sather served as either coach or general manager of the Oilers for 24 years, winning five Stanley Cups.

“We made a lot of mistakes in our end,” Sather said.

New York dropped its third straight but it was just the second time in seven games the Rangers didn’t earn a standings point (3-2-0-2).

Holik blamed the Rangers, saying they were outworked by the younger, hungrier Oilers.

“I hope we are nowhere near satisfied with what we’ve accomplished,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of games at home. Personally., I don’t think we’re anywhere near where we need to be.”

The Oilers are 3-1-2 in their last six games, scoring at least four goals four times.

Torres, acquired from the New York Islanders at last season’s trade deadline, has six goals in 14 games this season after not scoring any in his first 31 career games.

“Raffi scored two great goal-scorers goals,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

He gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead with 8:52 left in the second when he picked up a rebound of Ryan Smyth’s shot in front and put it past Mike Dunham, who dived to try to get back into position.

Torres scored again at 15:01 when Smyth found him open at the right point. He followed his rebound and scored as defenseman Tom Poti stood alongside him.

Dvorak tied it 2-2 after a shot by Mike York—dealt to Edmonton for Poti at the 2002 trade deadline—struck the post. The puck came right to Dvorak, who scored the power-play goal into the open right side.

Stoll started Edmonton’s four-goal outburst with 5:08 left in the first.

Holik deflected Poti’s point shot past Conklin 3:53 in during a power play, and nearly had another with 5:30 left in the period. Mironov flipped a shot from the left point that got through traffic and in. The goal was originally credited to Holik.

Chimera made it 5-3 less than five minutes into the third.


Holik has three career hat tricks. … The Oilers recalled G Stephen Valiquette from Toronto of the AHL to serve as Conklin’s backup. … New York D Dale Purinton was scratched after skating as a forward Saturday againstPhiladelphia.

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Goalie Team Shot Save
Mike Dunham NYI 28 23