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It’s really hard to be upset at the boys tonight. They played a really hard, really strong game, and really it was just 2 BRUTAL giveaways by 2 fairly steady defenseman that cost us this game. Yeah yeah, shootout shmootout, the game was lost when the Rangers gave those 2 pucks away.

You really had to be impressed at the trio of Stepan centering Dubinsky and Zucarello-Aasen (keep your whole name Mats, don’t conform). They looked like a really strong second line, and the Rangers may have the ingredients of making 4 extremely balanced lines once Marian Gaborik comes back. How does this look to you?

Drury – Anisimov – Gaborik
Dubinsky – Stepan – Zucarello-Aasen
Fedotenko – Boyle – Prust
Avery – Christensen – Frolov

You’ve got 4 lines that can play in any situation. You could literally run all 4 lines out there one after another and not have to worry about double shifting unless the team is down late in the game. The real question is, what do we do once Prospal and Callahan get back. Who sits? Probably Christensen is the first to go, but after that? It’s tough to justify sitting anyone in that lineup. Though these things have their way of sorting themselves out, so I wouldn’t give it too much thought.

Getting back to tonights game, I really was impressed the way an extremely shorthanded Rangers team took it to the Bolts. Sure, they ended up getting to 2 points, but you can unquestionably say the Rangers dominated the vast majority of that game.

OK, family stuff to do, have a Happy Holidays everyone. Also, I will be doing recaps on the World Junior Championships as that is probably my favorite hockey to watch all year.


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