Rangers Power Play Surprisingly Producing

Dave Lozo at NHL.com reports that the Rangers power play has quietly been their saving grace…

“In the playoffs, the Rangers have leaned far more heavily on the power play. It ranks fourth overall and second among teams remaining in the playoffs at 18.5 percent, but it has accounted for 12 of their 34 goals, a whopping 35.2 percent of the offense.”

…Rangers power play? Saving grace? What the hell is going on around here? Until I read this, I would have argued till I was blue in the face that the power play was killing this team. Shocked by these numbers, because I wouldn’t say watching the power play that they’re clicking right now. Putting Kreider on the second unit has obviously helped as he’s scored with the man advantage in two straight games.

Here’s John Tortorella’s thoughts on the power play…

“I think it’s been pretty (lousy) at times. We found a way to score a couple goals. The power play is a funny thing. Special teams are funny things. Sometimes even when there’s some struggles, you find a way. Sometimes when you’re moving the puck very well, it’s working and you don’t score. So we’ve scored a couple, but obviously we have to come in behind that with some 5-on-5.”

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