Originally written October 15, 2011 on Rangers Review:
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You want to blame the refs. But you can’t blame the refs. You need to blame the refs. But you can’t blame the refs. Every fiber of your being is telling you that the refs are to blame for this loss. But you can’t blame the refs. Why? Because only 1 of the calls against the Rangers was not legit. That was the Brian Boyle call. So while that may have been a bad call leading to a goal, the other 6, count em, 6 penalties the Rangers took over and above that call had as much to do, if not more to do with us losing than that 1 bad call. Every time the Rangers gained some momentum, every time they strung two or three good shifts in a row together, what happened? They took a penalty. What happened from there? Either the Isles would score, or it would put the Rangers in a position of having to swing the momentum back their way after having lost it due to taking a penalty. They would do it. Slowly swing the game back there way, and then. Wham. Penalty. It’s sheer and utter stup...
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