Through the first nine games of the season, we saw glimpses of a competent power play, but after Monday's night's 0-for-5 vs. the Canadiens, it had most fans muttering "hear we go again."
I'm not sure if it was something in the air on Long Island, but last night the Rangers power play looked like it could rival the Oilers of the mid to late 80s. Quick, crisp passing, tons of movement, and shots from the point. Oh yeah, and Chris Kreider wreaking havoc in front of the net...
Wait, was that a one-timer on McDonagh's goal? On the power play? Forgot what that looked like.
Great job by Kreider playing the role of Ryan Callahan in front of the net. And too be honest, because Kreider's so much bigger and stronger than the Rangers captain, he ultimately may be better at it.
For the past five years under John Tortorella, we Rangers fans got used to power plays somehow destroying momentum for the Blueshirts and ultimately costing them games. Now, if the Rangers can continue with this kind of execution, they actually might start benefitting from them. Plus, we won't have to beg them to decline penalties anymore.
And they did this without arguably their two best offensive players in Rick Nash and Callahan. Imagine how much better and deeper the two power play units will be when they come back. Well, when Callahan comes back.
Here's AV on why the power play worked last night...
"Tonight, I thought the guys responded with much better execution. We were crisper. We wanted the puck. We were shooting the puck at the net. And we gave us two big goals. It made a big difference in the game."
On Kreider's impact on the power play...
"He's been playing real well. He's going into the tough areas. He was on the power play standing in front of the net. Screening the goaltender. And he jumped on the rebound. Did what he was supposed to do."
It's been a long time since we had a big body in front of the net screening the goalie. Go to the net and good things happen.
Kreider certainly gives us all a big lift, doesn't he. What we are seeing is how Torts wanted Kreider to play from the get go.......and Kreider didn't.
I am a Torts guy and super kudos to AV for making this happen on his clock!
To all you guys comparing Nash to Sauer and talking end of career. Did you stop to think why, when we have a cap issue he has not been placed on injury reserve yet? Think about it...
i said it during the preseason the McD needs to be on the power play (especially w/ Del Shitzo playing so awful) as he started to show signs of his offensive play last year toward the end of the season. The extra ice time and open ice will give him a better chance to develop his offensive skills. This was great goal! Very happy w/ McD and look forward to him playing even better!
Go Kreider go! This kid has the skill to be a star. The formula is simple. Play your ass off every game like you have been and you will never be sent down again
Kreider at the front of the net is a god send. He's unmoveable, on the second goal Hamonic tried to push him away, Kreider pushed down Hamonic instead, then McD scored. Kreider playing like a bully brings a whole new dimension to this PP, it doesn't hurt that McD and Richards are taking shots like it's no one's business.
Anyone else notice Zucc just launches himself into the arms of whoever scores the goal? One day somebodys not gonna catch him...
Kreider = Beast Mode last night!
Torts would still have him playing in Hartford.
Nice to see AV giving him real minutes and letting him develop! This kid is stepping up big time, hope he can maintain this level of play.
Richards played with some serious "jam" last night.
What a game! LGR!!
And i should have said, "wreaking" havoc, rather than "wrecking" havoc. Of course - serves me right. :)
Chris Kreider may have been reeking of sweat, but he was wrecking havoc in front of the net. Great effort, and well-rewarded.
Pp success depends upon quickness and passing. We got 5 skaters they got 4. PK job is to slow down, bog them down. Not rocket science but to be successful you got to make quick decisions and complete the passes. As much as I too would love to blame Torts for everything it's not fair unless he told his players to stand around. Make your passes slow and inaccurate and nullify your man advantage. A crisp power play is the sign of a confident team
That was a nice goal by Krieder. Good game.Energy level for everyone was higher and battle mode was greater.Glad to be proved wrong about Krieder, he is playing like a difference maker.Quite a turnaround. Its huge for the Rangers if he keeps playing like this now.With Hags back and Cally on the way.Rangers can win without Nash. and when Nash gets back the team is that much stronger.
Gotta keep playing like this.Every game.
consistency please!? that was such a fun game lastnight! I know they will have stinkers here and there but I hope this is the team we get treated to more often than not.
7 for 36 on the PP so far this season (19%) , which is far better than what they have over most of the last 10 seasons.
The downside is that we have only 18 goals total.
Maybe now with McDonagh at point I can stop playing the Del Zotto drinking game if he's no longer on the PP. Drink every time he misses the net or lets the puck go out of the zone over his stick. Oh man, the hangovers from that were horrible.
@JoeNYR Still too stunned to post about it. lol
@Andrew794 He doesn't have far to fall.
@genetics73 LOL! That's a bad one, even for me. Thanks for the heads-up.
@fs2020 If Nash comes back. Looks more like Sauer every day. Hope I'm wrong.
@L33tle Nemo how are you still alive?