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Tortorella: Rangers ‘almost paralyzed’ on power play

May 4, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers haven’t been blown out in their games against the Washington Capitals, but the fact is they’re still heading home down 2-0 in their first-round series. At this point, one of the most blatant areas of concern for the Rangers moving forward is their special teams.

Through two games they’ve only killed 71.4% of their penalties and have failed to score a power-play goal despite seven opportunities.

“We’re just too stagnant,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said in his very brief postgame press conference. “We’re almost paralyzed.”

This isn’t a problem that’s unique to this series for the Rangers. They had a 15.7% success rate with the man advantage in the regular season, which put them in the bottom third of the league in that regard. The Rangers were a middle of the road team when it came to killing penalties, although they were among the best in the league when it came to staying out of the sin bin in the first place.

Overall, the Rangers have scored only one goal in this series and squandered goaltender Henrik Lundqvist‘s performance this afternoon.

Lundqvist finished the game disappointed, but still optimistic about the Rangers’ chances.

“We can beat this team. There’s no question. We’re right there,” he said, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

In other news, if you want to see Tortorella’s complete press conference, you can do so below. Don’t worry, it won’t take too much of your time:

  1. stakex - May 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Considering that the Rangers are a team with at least a decent amount of offensive talent, their power play is just awful. They don’t take shots when they have them, their break in is weak and ineffective, they don’t move enough, and throw far too many bad passes.

  2. jimw81 - May 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I’m convinced Rangers are offensively challenge.

  3. broadstreetbeatdown - May 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    The Caps were bringing it on the PK. They were giving the Rags all kinds of fits.

  4. operwapitsai - May 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    could you guys write a post focused on the caps? I would like to read a little about what the caps did right instead of always what the rangers did wrong (and whatever crosby was wearing today)

    • tfaltin - May 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      It’s true. Just like the Islanders game yesterday. The better team has won both games of this series thus far. The focus of the media and the fans should be on the winners, but it’s much easier to be negative.

    • micklethepickle - May 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Good luck, it’s hard to get anyone to take the Capitals seriously (except Caps fans). I think that people will start paying attention if D.C. eliminates the Rangers and play well in the 2nd round… I agree though, it’s extremely irritating to have such blatant 1-sided reporting. It’s why I skip straight to the comments, lol

    • jimw81 - May 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      where do the capitals play?

  5. tfaltin - May 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Bill Belichick has a lot to learn from Torts about how to run a press conference.

  6. dipthatchip - May 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I agree, don’t even read the articles anymore. Straight to the comments for me (unless it’s PHI/BOS/PIT related. Then I don’t even bother bc comments such drivel)

    At any rate, today’s game was great. Loved the caps fourth line working down low for so long, forcing the game winning PP

  7. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    The Rangers should not lose this series. They’re the better team, collectively talent wise. But the series score speaks for itself and if they should lose, it’s because THEY ARE BEING OUTCOACHED and has been their downfall all season.

  8. cupquest - May 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Without Lunqvidst, this Rangers team team is average, maybe even a bit below average. The game really wasnt that close, with caps dominating the puck, the shots, the possession. Probably woulda been 4 or 5 nothing with the Lunk in the net. This caps team looks like the real deal.

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