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Rampage: Throttling The OKC Attack

Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 9:50 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Rampage: Throttling The OKC Attack
Forward Jon Rheault and goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris celebrate San Antonio's fourth straight home win.

CHUCK WEBER POST-GAME
DOV GRUMET-MORRIS POST-GAME
ALEX PETROVIC POST-GAME
PETROVIC'S GAME-WINNER
ROBAK ADDS INSURANCE

It was a second straight strong game from the Rampage and they did it against some top notch talent.

Oklahoma City boasted a team littered with talent across the board. Topping off former first round picks included a line combination of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st overall, 2011), Taylor Hall (1st overall, 2010) and Jordan Eberle (11th overall, 2007).

And although it was probably a combination of OKC playing three games in three nights with the Rampage off Saturday and facing top talent like that, San Antonio was up to the challenge as the defense throttled the visitor's attack from the start.

San Antonio found a lot of success keeping OKC to the outside and making Dov Grumet-Morris' job between the pipes relatively easy (27 saves) as he picked up his second shutout of the year.

"I thought our team defense was fantastic," said head coach Chuck Weber. "We track what we call shots in the house which is in that slot area. We didn't give up a shot in that area tonight. I thought we did a good job keeping them to the perimeter."

"We did a good job of forcing most of their shots wide so they were coming down the wing trying to create offense from the wing. Secondary opportunities from behind the net and our team did an excellent job keeping the puck out of the middle in our defensive zone," added Grumet-Morris who now has an eye-popping 1.19 goals against average in five games on the season. "That always gives you the odds in your favor."

Playing against the Barons, Weber did notice that his guys were especially prepared for the task at hand.

"Of course you want to be able to play well against guys that are for the lack of better terms considered super stars in the National Hockey League because that shows you belong, said Weber. "So yeah your guys are sometimes going to be dialed in a little more with their focus and I thought we were."

Defenseman Alex Petrovic, who scored the Rampage's first goal of the game midway through the second which stood up as the winner agreed with his head coach.

"The last time we played them, we knew they were obviously very skilled moving the puck a lot quicker than most teams," said the blueliner who netted his first pro regular season goal. "We had to come out hard. I thought we did a great job...Our defense was phenomenal today and our power play was going with two goals."

Two strong games from the Rampage blueline to start off a four-game home stand.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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