Did I really see the powerplay actually work at last night’s game or was my attention misdirected? Magicians use misdirection to focus the audience’s attention away from the mechanics of the trick.Â I did not seeÂ Perry PearnÂ wearing a pointed hat and waving a wand.
Last night’s game was by no means a litmus test for Perry Pearn’s powerplay. The Rangers were able to score on threeÂ of their six 5 on 4 opportunities. The fourth powerplay goal was onÂ a 5 on 3.Â Â The first three powerplay goals came off the rush. When the Rangers did try to set up in the Bolts zone, they were not successful.Â Â
What I did see were fewer mental errors last night. I saw everyone engaged, finishing their checks and paying attention to the little things that win games.Â Petr Prucha may not have lit the lamp but his tenacity on the puck drew two penalties. Gomez has had better games. For the most part, the play was moving in the right direction and heads were facing the right way.Â Â Henrik Lundqvist was his sensational self.
I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth here. I am glad the Rangers won and tried to amend the misdeeds of their last two games.Â However, I willÂ not be convinced by last night’s performance that the Rangers powerplay is now either honky or dory.