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Russell pleased with rivalry outcome

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

It can be a little bit of a jarring experience when you find yourself on the other side of a rivalry.

In the case of Oilers defenceman Kris Russell, a little bit of knocking around was all it took to leave his Calgary Flames past behind, embracing the Oilers side of the age old Battle of Alberta rivalry. 

"It's a little different, obviously," he said. "I mean, you get accustomed to playing with those guys for a few years, but once you get hit there it changes your mindset a bit." 

Happy with a 7-4 win in the Oilers inaugural season opener, Russell said there are still areas that can be improved upon that the team has already started to identify. 

"We wanted to come in, have a good game and earn those two points," he said. "I think we did that. Obviously, there's things we can clean up but I thought we were a resilient group, things could have gone differently when we gave up those two short handed [goals], but we kept coming, got some [more] goals - it's a good sign."

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