Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Red-Hot Michael Grabner Scores Twice, Rangers Beat Oilers 3-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Red-Hot Michael Grabner Scores Twice, Rangers Beat Oilers 3-1

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Michael Grabner, Rangers beat Oilers 3-1

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EDMONTON - Michael Grabner is earning his contract with the New York Rangers.

Grabner scored a pair of goals to put him at 10 on the season as the Rangers won their second game in as many nights, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Sunday.

"I'm just trying to go out there and play my role," said Grabner, who only had nine goals in 80 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season before signing with the Rangers in the summer as a free agent.

"It's just been going good from the start, from the first game on. I think that's a big part of hockey, when you get confidence, it seems to be going out there and not thinking and good things happen."

Dan Girardi also scored for the Rangers (12-4-0), who beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Saturday.

"I thought we came out real well, moved the puck, got some quality opportunities and scored a couple of goals," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault.

"After that, there was no doubt they had a real strong push and I thought for the most part our goaltender made some big saves and our guys battled through back-to-back games. "

Andrej Sekera replied for the Oilers (9-6-1), who have lost three games in a row and gone 2-5-1 in their last eight.

"That confidence and swagger we had in the first eight games seems to get away from us a little bit," said Oilers forward Milan Lucic. "We haven't had it in the last eight games.

"Things aren't always going to go smoothly. We have to stick together as a team and go back to having fun playing the right way."

The Oilers once again dug an early hole for themselves, as Grabner got to a big rebound and scored on Cam Talbot 1:20 in. …

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