If someone tells me that there's a 6.5% chance that it's going to rain today, guess what? I ain't bringing an umbrella to work. Which is why I don't even get remotely excited when the Rangers go on the power play because right now, 6.5% is their success rate with the man advantage in the playoffs.
After going 0-for-3 against a Bruins penalty kill that allowed five power play goals in their first round series against the Maple Leafs, the Rangers now have just two goals in 31 postseason opportunities with the extra man. Let me give you a second to allow that hideousness to sink in. And one of those two goals was scored by Dan Girardi. No offense to Dan, but he's not exactly considered on the same same level with say….PK Subban on the power play.
That's right, not a single power play goal, hell power play point, for Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto, John Moore or Anton Stralman. Disgusting.
Here's Girardi on what's gone wrong (via Newsday)…
"I don't want to say [it's] frustrating, but it needs to be better. We need to get good chances and create momentum. We've got to get a goal on the power play. It's a difference-maker and we don't get one and we lose the game. We definitely have to figure out something with that."
Henrik Lundqvist added…
"I thought we played a pretty good game, but the special teams were the difference. That's going to be the case this playoffs. I thought their power play gave them energy every time they got on the ice."
…i say it all the time, but you almost have to try to be as bad as the Rangers are on the power play. Everything is kept to the outside. Never any serious traffic in front. Pop gun shots from the point. And can we please just once try spreading the penalty killers and then feed the middle for a one timer. Please!
…i don't know, it seems so easy. Players and puck need to be constantly moving. Bodies need to be in front of the goaltender and someone needs to be bombing away at the point. Why doesn't this happen? I did like seeing Kreider get some power play time last night. If nothing else, get him in there to take minutes away from Richards who went from an absolute weapon on the power play in Dallas to a liability with the Rangers.
…if I had a 6.5% success rate doing anything at work, you can be assured that I'd be fired immediately. So I have no idea how the person responsible for this embarrassment, Mike Sullivan, still has a job. I know he's Torts' boy, but he needs to be relieved of his duties this summer.