I know, not another 'the power play sucks' blog post, but when the Rangers are 2-for-36 with the man advantage, that kind of futility just can't be ignored.
Were they better yesterday? Sure. But when you're in the playoffs moral victories mean nothing to me.
This abomination of a power play is killing the Rangers in this series. Every team in the NHL gains momentum through the power play, but somehow the the Blueshirts lose it. So many times yesterday and in Game 1 they had a golden opportunity to grab hold of the game or get back into it and nothing but frustration.
A lot of the blame can be placed at the feet of John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan as it's their strategies and game plans on the power play that are failing so mightily. But at some point the finger has to be pointed at the players.
It's not like Tortorella is telling them don't get to the front of the net, make sure you're standing still and take as weak of a shot from the point as you can.
Rick Nash agrees that it's time for the players to step up (via Daily News)…
“It’s frustrating. (The power play) is when you’re supposed to crawl back into a game or take a lead in a game. We watched all the video. We got all the game plan. It’s on the players now and those who are out there to execute, just as we talked about last game.”
Time to get guys like Boyle and Pyatt on the crease. Hagelin and Brassard along the boards looking to feed. Nash and Kreider in the slot ready to fire away. Callahan and Stepan roving around the net looking for garbage goals. And McDonagh and Moore bombing away from the points.
Notice the the two names I left out?
Before this series we all thought that it was going seven games and that the team who could win the special teams battle would likely come out on top. While the latter still holds true, little did we know it could ultimately lead to a four game sweep.
In some positive news on offense, at least Nash finally scored…
Really have to hope that goal gives him a shot in the arm and he can start carrying the offense the way he did in the regular season as the secondary scoring that was the story in the Caps series has all but dried up.