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You didn’t have to watch the entire 60 minutes of tonights game. No, it wasn’t really necessary. Really all you had to do was watch the game up until the point where the Rangers had 4 straight power plays and generated all of 1 half assed shot on goal. That was all you needed to watch. Once the 4th one ticked off, all you needed to do was to stand up, turn your TV off, then go ahead and hit yourself in the privates a half dozen times, and you’d get the same experience as watching the full 60 minutes.

The Rangers played well, but didn’t generate enough chances. They played good D but still gave up the games only goals. They got good goaltending, but still didn’t get the W. The reason is simple. The Rangers power play if absolutely horrific. Watching it is like watching the “Miracle Of Life” video for the first time when you’re taking sex ed class. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

If the Rangers are going to turn around this recent cold streak it needs to happen with the man advantage. In most other areas they are fine. Even strength they look good. On the PK they look good. But with the man up, you can’t believe the crap you watch.

Personally, I don’t think the answer is a trade, or to pick up an aging Sheldon Souray who has all of 3 goals in 20 games in Hershey. No, what the team needs to do is to go inside to outside quicker, and to take those shots from the point. They are doing everything right except for shooting pucks directly off the pass. It’s that quick decisive shot that brings everything together. The Rangers are slow and methodical with their shots, and they are taking lots of wrist shots from the point. They need to work on those 1-timers from up there. That will pull the defense up higher to respect the shots coming, which opens up the play down low. THAT my friends is the key to getting Gabby going. Right now everyone is just suffocating him because nobody else will shoot the puck, they are force feeding it to him a-la Jagr a few years back. That’s not the way to win games, because Gabby is not a Jagr who can do it all by his lonesome. He needs to find his space and dart through while getting the pass, he can’t post up and create stuff with his massive lower body strength. That’s not his game.

Rangers need to get some points, and quickly, or they could find themselves on the outside looking in.


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