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Vigneault aims to find ‘right trigger’ for Rangers power play

May 4, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault admitted that he must be the one to find a solution for his team’s aimless power play after it failed once again in a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their second-round series on Sunday.

With less than 24 hours rest between tonight’s contest and Monday’s Game 3 at Madison Square Garden, it might behoove the Rangers to score a few “easy” goals.

Then again, power-play goals certainly haven’t come easily. The Rangers have now gone seven straight games without a tally on the man advantage, going 0-for-25 in that span. That unit hasn’t found the net since Benoit Pouliot beat Ray Emery in the first round of Game 2 during the Rangers’ first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

To be fair, it’s common to forget that a slump often demands strong play from an opponent. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma raved about his team’s penalty kill unit after leaving the Rangers 0-for-4 for a second straight game.

If things remain tight between the Rangers and Penguins, losing the special teams battle could really hurt. The Penguins have scored at least one power-play goal in five of their eight playoff games this postseason, so Vigneault has to hope to at least break even in that area as this series goes along.

  1. billiam55 - May 5, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    is torts back on the PP?

    • cliffatola - May 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      I have been thinking the same thing, you’d think a new coach would mean a change guess not.

  2. bcisleman - May 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    This is not a new problem and t is unfair that AV bears the brunt. NYR PP under Sather has rarely been even average and usually has been bad. Why? Ask yourself how many of his big trades and FA deals hav been for PP QBs. How many has he drafted? He passed on Fowler in 2010, Morrow and Beaulieu in 2011 and Pokka in 2012 for players who were ranked lower. None of the players he took instead are likely to be NYR roster regulars anytime soon. What did Einstein say about insanity?

    BTW in 2007 w/ Jagr, the NYR had the best PP in the playoffs and in 2012–MDZ’s Career year–they were 5th among playoff teams on the PP. Surprise, surprise those were the two best playoff runs the NYR have had under Sather.

    • buckhome - May 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Ouch! I seriously don’t want DelZotto back. I’d rather suffer with an 0-28 power play than suffer through all the ills DelZotto brings at even strength

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      i havent seen much of St. Louis on the half wall to the left of the net. is he playing there? (pens fan)

      hes most effective over there for a 2nd one time option or more importantly dishing the puck out.

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