Please. How many minutes of 5 on 3 powerplay time did the Rangers piss away in the second period? It was almost as embarrassing as that disgraceful 5 on3/4 minute double minor theyÂ blew inÂ Nassau on Monday.Â Five minutes of powerplay in the second period amounted to nothing. The more things change, they more they remain the same. The Rangers powerplay is, if anything, worse then it was last season.Â
I cannot express how livid I was at tonight’s game. I was hopping mad. Â If fan is short for fanatic, then that’s what I am. I make no apologies. It’s Perry Pearn who should be apologizing. The Rangers appear to haveÂ absolutely no clue as to what the hell they are supposed to be doing out there on the powerplay. After witnessing tonight’s debacle with the man advantage, I feel I owe an apology to Jaromir Jagr. At least all the overpassing on the powerplay last season was in aide of getting the puck to Jagr for a shot. Tonight, no Ranger seemed to want to put the puck on net. They’d still rather pass then shoot and as a result the natives are restless up top in the “Blues”.
The Rangers, in turn, took some terrible penalties themselves. The Rangers got burned on the offensive zoneÂ penalty by Nasland. What was Zherdev thinking with thatÂ ridiculous can opener/semi-slew foot? It was unnecessary and unsportsmanlike. This alone almost undid the good of his nifty goal. Our penalty kill’s blown coverage on the Atlanta powerplay goal was frightening.
Everyone can smell the let down coming. It almost happened tonight. I don’t think it was due to a lack of effort on the part of the players. I think it was due to the continual tweaking of the line combinations. The time has come to stop the tweaking and go with what works. When Renney saw that his opening line combinations weren’t working, he switched back to Zherdev/Dubinsky/Voros, Dawes/Gomez/Callahan, Nasland/Drury/Frtische and Sjostrom/Betts/Orr. Good move, Tom. Let’s stick with what is working so you can concentrate on improving your abortion of a powerplay.
Lastly, who the hell is keeping track of the shots on goal? The Rangers were outshooting the Thrashers 32 to 16 at the end of the second period according to the scoreboard at MSG.Â The Rangers then scored two goals in the third period but the SOG clock showed 33 shots for the entire game. Two goals on one shot? What gives?