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Sometimes you play a team that is just way better than you. A team you just know is going to beat you and if somehow you are able to keep in the game you can almost consider it a moral victory. Sometimes the opposite happens. Today was an example of that. Look, let’s face it, the Oilers are an awful team. The coach is overrated (you all know I don’t care for Renney whatsoever), and their defense is horrific. They are a team built from the forwards back instead from the goalie out, and it showed. They looked pretty good in the offensive zone, and looked like a crazy circus freak in their own zone. The Rangers took advantage, as they should have. The important thing here is, do the Rangers use this as a stepping stone to get even better, or do they get a little cocky and instead go on an extended losing streak because of it. It has happened before, and I am sure it will happen again.

Hopefully the Rangers just extract the good things from this game, build on it, and realize that beating up on a crappy team means nothing in the grand scheme of things. So, what are the good things to take out? Well let’s start at the top. Finally Alexander Frolov played a good game. He scored goals that were legitimate goals, he set up a few plays, and he generated some good chances with his play along the boards. Gabby looked like Gabby, and Artem Anisimov scored another goal. You also had an extremely solid 3rd line that looks like it could be a keeper in Fedotenko – Boyle – Prust. On the flip side, I thought Matt Gilroy was absolutely AWFUL out there, and Biron gave up an unfathomably bad goal to actually make the Rangers trail in a game that should have been, and eventually was, a laugher.

Some good, some bad. Let’s hope they build on it and play better tomorrow. The Pens are not the Oilers, they have talent and a winning pedigree.

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