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Continuing where they left off, the Rangers once again played a solid game (I felt they were solid against the ‘nucks as well) against the Oilers in what seemed like an absolutely dead Edmonton building. The Rangers ran roughsod over the Oilers winning a 4-2 game that really wasn’t that close. The goaltending matchup, to me, was lopsided in favor of the Bulin wall, who played an absolutely magnificent game, but gave up 4 goals, whereas Valiquette gave up 2 goals, but I felt he was the lone Ranger who stood out in a negative way giving up 2 ridiculously soft goals, particularly the first goal of the game to Visnovsky…a backhand, on that angle, should never go in unless it’s Martin St. Louis taking the shot (he’s just that damn good at those kinds of plays). Similarly the goal by Comrie has very little velocity on it, was nice and low, and is a fairly easy play to stop. While Vally did make a few nice saves, particularly against Dustin Penner, it’s still no excuse for those 2 goals…it made a game that should have been a laugher, a little too close for comfort.

The amazing thing here was just how well our defense played. Not only did they block a plethora of shots, but they also did a spectacular job of transitioning the puck to the sticks of the forwards super fast. The Oilers were constantly caught in rush situations because of the speed of the pucks leaving our zone. Really, if not for a goaltending display by Khabibulin, the Rangers probably score 6, maybe 7 goals tonight. The defense got into the scoring with Del Zotto with another jaw dropping pass leading to Ryan Callahans slump breaking goal. Is this kid amazing or what? Del Zotto sees things on the ice that few players in the league see…and he’s only 19…sheesh. Similarly Wade Redden made a beautiful pass to spring…I want to say Higgins, but I don’t really remember who it was, only to have the play stopped by Khabibulin. The defense did a great job, with nobody standing out in a negative way, and everyone playing very well. All 4 lines played very well also, with the exception of Aaron Voros who had 2 offensive zone penalties and was in the doghouse for a large portion of the game. Once Byers’ suspension is over, I expect Voros to be keeping that seat warm in the pressbox.

Ok, that’s all for now, I will be out of town this weekend, but I had the DVR set to record the game…I will try to watch it Sunday night and do a quick post about it after that.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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