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05-14-2013, 11:54 PM
Brian Boyle
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Let's remember that Toronto's defense was horrible. Phaneuf, while a solid player, made a ton of boneheaded plays in that series. Gardiner is young and pretty much handed the winning goal to Bergeron. Franson is up and down. They only have one first pairing defenseman and then a bunch of borderline second pair players. Reimer, who had a tremendous series, let up those goals because of that terrible defense. If that were the Rangers in game seven, the game ends 4-1. No way does a team come back against us like that in the playoffs, with this defense, and this goaltender.

The Rangers are the opposite of Toronto's D arguably the best in the league. They have an elite shutdown pair, a mobile second paring (whether it be Del Zotto or Moore with Stralman) and a capable third pairing (Del Zotto/Moore with Eminger). It'll be even better when/if Staal returns to the lineup.

Lucic-Krejci-Horton is a very good line, but I doubt they're nearly as productive in this series. Let's also remember that we limited the third best offensive team in the east (Boston was eighth) to 12 goals in seven games.

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