by Patrick Hoffman on 02/12/09 at 04:00 PM ET
One of these days, the New York Rangers will win a game in regulation time. Yes, two points is two points but there are no shootouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Last night, the Blueshirts won a wild one over the Washington Capitals in a 5-4 shootout victory. The team especially got outstanding play from Ryan Callahan, Markus Naslund, Lauri Korpikoski, Paul Mara, Henrik Lundqvist (to a degree). It was also nice to see the team score four even-strength goals, which is about as many goals the team scored in their previous four games.
The negative about last night’s game? You guess it: the power play.
In the third period, the team had five (that’s right, FIVE) power plays, including a 5-on-3 double minor when Shaonne Morrison cut Naslund in the mouth. Yet, the team was not able to capitalize and even had trouble getting the puck to the net.
Why does the team’s power play continue to fail? Why don’t they shoot the puck more? Why doesn’t head coach Tom Renney have consistent units? Here we are, almost March, and these questions have yet to be answered.
Again, it’s nice that the team was able to pick up two points, especially in the ever-tight Eastern Conference but this team needs to learn how to capitalize on opportunities given to them in regulation time.
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