Rangers Need Power-Play and Stars To Come Through
Goaltending-depth-star scoring-special teams. Those are the four keys to a Stanley Cup run. The Rangers certainly have the first one, even if Henrik Lundqvist had a bad Game 2 against the Bruins. Other than the goalie though, the Blueshirts are in trouble.
Rick Nash scored in Game 2 and that is great news for New York. Nash has been much more active in this series but the Rangers need even more. Brad Richards? Lost. Ryan Callahan? Does everything well that doesn't show up in the box score but the Rangers could use the here or there goal. Derek Stepan? Not found enough.
The power-play is a mess. 0-8 against Boston. 2-36 in the playoffs. The Rangers need the man-advantage to start working and in a hurry.
Hockey is the ultimate team sport. And the Rangers must try and come back as a team because that is exactly what Boston is. They are a team and they win together in the ways mentioned above. And the Bruins are different when ahead. Their 2-0 lead is different than Washington's. They have the ability to wear you down and make quick work of a team when a few key components aren't coming through.
Right now, the power-play and star scoring aren't coming through for the Rangers and this must change and fast. Boston knows it and is ready to pounce, as always, if the series continues this way.
By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.