Dave Lozo at NHL.com says if the Rangers want any chance of winning this series their power play, which is averaging less than one shot on goal per power play in the playoffs, must be revived. Here are some player quotes on what needs to be done…
“Just get the shots through,” Gaborik said. “As soon as we get into the zone, we have to know what we’re doing with the puck before we even get it. They’re aggressive. Just do a quick play and as soon as there is a chance to shoot, take the chance. Don’t wait for another play.”
“They’ve got some good guys on faceoffs, with Laich and Gordon taking those draws on the penalty kill,” said Dubinsky, who won 52.5 percent of draws during the regular season. “They’re always on their strong side and they’re two of the best in the League. We just have to find a way to scramble, go for ties and win some battles.”
“We just have to pick up our battle level — all of us,” McCabe said. “We got to retrieve pucks, get it back and get set up. It seems like we’re not getting much set-up time. That’s everyone as a group. We’ve got to do a better job and be more desperate than they are.”
…to me face-offs and not getting to the puck first after a dump-in seem like the biggest problems for the Rangers. If you don’t have possession you can’t score. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.