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BOSTON â The Rangers might be tired of hearing about it, but the fact that they are 2-for-31 this postseason on the power play is just too big of an issue to ignore.
They scored two even-strength goals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night, but failed to cash in on all three of their power-play Michael Kors Bags Outlet opportunities, ultimately losing to the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in overtime and continuing a trend of uninspired special teams production.
âThe executionâs not getting done,â forward Rick Nash said. âWeâve got the plan in place. Everyoneâs on the same page, itâs just a matter of getting the job done, and we havenât for this whole playoffs.â
Bostonâs penalty kill was shaky in its first-round series with Toronto, but the Bruins owned the leagueâs fourth- best PK unit during the regular Site Michael Kors season. An aggressive Bruins squad seemed to regain its form in Game 1, wreaking havoc at the blue line and disrupting the Blueshirtsâ attack. Johnny Boychuk and Zdeno Chara led the Bruinsâ penalty kill in ice time in Game 1, often leaving the middle of the ice open by pressing the issue. But the consistent waves of pressure paid off for Boston.
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Unlike the Rangers, Torey Krug is Michael Kors Kingsbury able to take advantage on a power play in Game 1.
âI think our penalty kill all year has been about putting pressure (on),â Bruins coach Claude Julien said. âWhen the opportunity to put pressure up the ice is there, we want the guys to do that. Our penalty kill was good all year â at the beginning of these playoffs, maybe so-so. I thought we could be better, so it was nice to see them perform the way they did (in Game 1).â
John Tortorella stuck with the same power-play units for the Rangers during the first two penalties but seemed to be swayed by Bostonâs aggression. Desperate for a spark with the man advantage, Tortorella replaced defenseman Dan Girardi with Michael Kors Bags Derek Stepan, putting four forwards on the ice rather than three. On paper, more playmakers equal more goals. Still, even with Michael Kors Bags On Sale both Nash and Ryan Callahan picking up three minutes of power play ice time, the Blueshirtsâ unit came up empty.
With the Rangers struggling, Tortorella said itâs never to late to shake things up, even at this point of the season. âNo, you donât have to stick to (the units),â the coach said. âIâm not going to get too deep into it, but weâre trying to Michael Kors Signature Handbags be better.â
With the Rangersâ special teams woes apparent from the video room to the stat sheet, forward Mats Zuccarello says itâs crucial for the Rangers to stay positive.
âWe just have to try and not lose ourselves and play our game,â he said. âI think itâs important that we donât think too much. We just have to find a way to win a game. We know weâre a good team in here with confidence.â
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