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The Rangers played a great game, they got shitty refs, and played against a goalie who played unconscious. Seriously, how many times has that happened over the past few years? I swear I have seen this exact game played by the Rangers more times than I can count. Hell, over the past month they have played a handful just like this. They played outstanding hockey, but couldn’t bury their glorious chances due to a combination of heroic goaltending, and unbelievably bad luck. You have to wonder what the hell us Ranger fans have done to the hockey gods to deserve what we’ve gotten for the bulk of this franchises existence? While the Wings are winning championship after championship, we struggle to put a halfway decent team on the ice. And finally when we have a nice hard working team who play a great game, they get riddled by injuries and have zero luck on their side. I think we should like sacrifice Wade Redden to appease them or something because right now the Gods must be pissed off at us.

Outstanding game by the young defenseman tonight, including (I hate to say it) Matt Gilroy (who hit a post on a laserbeam of a shot I have never seen him display before). McDonagh, Sauer, and Gilroy were all marvelous, as was the Pack line of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Callahan. Stepan, Wolski and Zuccarello looked very mediocre out there for much of the game, and Vinny Prospal was the goat of the game with a ridiculous diving play to try to clear a puck that took him completely out of the play on the game winning goal.

Some questionable reffing down the stretch really gives you that extra sour taste in your mouth in this one because you have to think the Rangers deserved a few calls they didn’t get, and a few of the calls they did get against them looked like dives, particularly there at the end when Zuccarello had his stick chopped in half, was high sticked, and Dubinsky was hauled down, with no hands up in the air at all.

Blah, I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself, being a Ranger fan will ultimately cut off many years of my life right out from under me.

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