Rick Nash’s late goal against Oilers keeps Rangers rolling

Cam Talbot last played at the Garden on March 29, 2015, nine days before his final game as a Ranger in New Jersey, when Henrik Lundqvist’s former backup earned the win as the Rangers clinched the Presidents’ Trophy.

Talbot made his Garden return Thursday night with the Western Conference-leading Oilers and gave up a game-winning goal to former teammate Rick Nash with 1:21 left in the game, giving the Rangers a 5-3 win after J.T. Miller’s empty-netter. The Rangers (8-3) have won six of seven.

Edmonton (7-3-1) took a 3-2 lead at 8:49 of the third three seconds after their power play ended. Mark Letestu’s offensive-zone faceoff win against Derek Stepan went to Andrej Sekera, who quickly fed ex-Devil Adam Larsson for a shot which got through Lundqvist’s legs.

Jesper Fast tied the game just 42 seconds later, redirecting Brandon Pirri’s shot by Talbot for his first goal of the season.

The Blueshirts celebrate Kevin Hayes' fourth goal of the season.

The Blueshirts celebrate Kevin Hayes’ fourth goal of the season.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a power-play goal at 6:36 of the first after Jesper Fast’s double-minor at 4:01 for high-sticking Leon Draisaitl. Jordan Eberle passed in front to Connor McDavid, who kicked the puck with his right skate toward Nugent-Hopkins to set up the opening goal.

The Rangers equalized about two minutes later on Kevin Hayes’ fourth goal of the season. Michael Grabner grabbed a rebound off a Brady Skjei shot and set Hayes up beautifully on a left-to-right, cross-slot pass, giving Hayes a wide-open net.

McDavid, the 19-year-old Oilers captain who had 12 points in October, had a goal waved off at 4:36 of the second because of Eberle’s interference with Lundqvist, but Edmonton pulled ahead less than six minutes later on a goal from Patrick Maroon. Ryan McDonagh attempted to shoot toward the slot but it was blocked by Jesse Puljujarvi, whose 2-on-1 with Maroon turned into 2-on-0 after Dan Girardi’s slide failed to break up the play.

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