I just got up in arms over what Wyshy wrote about the Smith slash and I want to also say something to everyone who is praising the Ranger power play.
I wouldn't start patting Perry Pearn on the back just yet. The pp went 3-8, with one coming on a five on three. The other two came on the rush with the late man getting the feed. The other teams that have played the Rangers tough have taken that late man out of the play, even on the kill. Tampa sucks, they just aren't coached well enough to figure that out. The power play unit also blew another five-on-three (when Malik took his second bad penalty of the game). They pretty much stood in their spots in the Lightning zone waiting for Jaromir Jagr to come back from the Czech Republic to take the shot. He didn't, and Tampa's mediocre PK (79.4%) killed a two minute two man disadvantage. Weak ...
Washington will prove to be a tougher test for the Rangers as they have a better kill (82.1%). They are also unbeaten during regulation at home this season so the Blueshirts had better step up their game in the capital city on Saturday night.
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