John Tortorella on the power play (via Bergen Record)...
“It’s just too deliberate and we’re simply not getting enough big plays from our top guys in that situation. That’s the frustrating part. You think you may be able to steal a point if we get something there.”
...that quote right there shows Torts has no idea what he's doing on the power play. They don't need "big plays" with the extra man, they need to keep it simple. Lots of movement, traffic in front and for God sake shoot the puck. Only two shots on goal during the two minute 5-on-3 last night.
And if you feel like torturing yourself, here's video of the 5-on-3 gone wrong...
I understand people are frustrated watching them on the PP but if you really watch that clip it wasn't as bad as it seems. They moved the puck well for the most part. They had passes through their triangle and set-up some good one timers. They need tobury the chances that they created. Giuliani - when you talk about movement, skating around on a 5-3 defeats what you are trying to accomplish. The defense is taught not to chase and pretty much take away passing. So your idea of movement should really be puck movement. The way you really do what you want to accomplish (Why does this team refuse to move when up a man? Movement creates space, creates chances. Force the D to spread out and tire and take advantage) is by moving the puck. Thats how you spread the D out on the 5-3. A lot of one-touch passes from top to bottom and across will get the D to start to spin. You also need to be accurate with the passes and ready to take one timers. What they did not do well in that clip was outnumber the Flyers when there was a loose puck. There has to be support all over the ice. I know a lot of people will complain about the lack of shots, but at times you have to hold off. You dont want to get a shot blocked and have it sent down the ice. Ideal time to shoot is a clear lane with bodies in front. In my comments yesterday i mentioned Boyle was good at going to the net but needed to improve his finish around the net. He would be the perfect person to have on the PP.
Why do the Rangers refuse to hire another assistant coach? You know, one that had some success as a player in the NHL on the PP.
I look around the league at other teams assistant coaches and I see;
All of these assistants had some success as an NHL player on the PP.
And even checking the current head coaches you have;
Mike Sullivan? 1 PP goal in 709 career games. And it came in his rookie season.
John Tortorella? Zero NHL experience.
Torts is douche nozzle totally overrated because he talks tough to pencil pushing reporters. As far as players getting I'd done Lindsey Austin Leibel I agree but its been constant results since Torts has been hear with many different combinations of players.
All I know is that they now have some of the most talented scorers in hockey...if they don't start scoring soon, Torterella must go!
Whatever. Players on the ice have to g get it done. Shoot the goddamn Puck. Battle for pucks in dirty areas. This team is playing so soft right now. There's no will, there's no battle. It's almost as though because media is picking them to come out of the east, that it will just be handed to them. The only player I can give an A rating to so far is Pyatt. There's my rant
Why does this team refuse to move when up a man? Movement creates space, creates chances. Force the D to spread out and tire and take advantage.
The year after year problem with the powerplay falls on coaching.
Look at the PP the Rangers role out; Nash, Richards, Garborik, Callahan, Del Zotto! If you can't score with that line on a 5-3, theres an issue with the systematic structure of the powerplay.
@GraigGiuliani Point guys way too low on 5-on-3 makes area easier to cover for defenders. Probably b/c no big shot from the point. Feel they need to be closer to the net.
@KevinDeLury Agreed. That works when the D gets tired, you can collapse them and drive the puck from close range. But until then, you have to spread them out, get them out of position and create lanes. I know I make it sound simple, but it really is a simple idea.
I think he means "big plays" in the context of someone stepping up in an important moment to get the job done. I don't think he means "big" to describe the complexity of the buildup to a goal. Richards' goal with 6.6 seconds remaining against the Capitals was nothing special, but it was a "big" play in an important moment.
@Herman_NYRBlog I agree that's what he meant, but again you don't need someone to make a big play, you need someone to just shoot the puck on net or just get in front of the net or move around a little. It's not rocket science.