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***The Official Powerplay Discussion/Complaining Thread***
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02-09-2011, 11:51 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
This topic is the number one most important aspect of our team that needs fixing. NO team is going to excel in the playoffs without their special teams contributing. No matter how much we love our team this year (I know I do) or how much they battle and use their grit, come playoff time they aren't going to come out on top if they can't capitalize on 5 on 3's and traditional 5 on 4's.
I've never seen such a horrible power play in all my years as a Rangers fan. It boggles my mind.
I mean, I thought our PP has been horrible for years now. Every year I sit and wonder why they're so bad and how to fix it etc. But this year takes the cake. I feel almost NO sense of "let's go! woohoo!" when a penalty is called on the opposition. That's how bad it's gotten. I feel like the following 2 minutes will be nothing more than a waste of time if not an opportunity for the opposing team to score. I miss that feeling of "let's do it!" that you're supposed to get when you know you're about to start a PP. Now? Just dead inside.
So what the heck should be done? I have no idea. How exactly can a group of professional hockey players be that consistently bad on the PP? I mean of course, there are always gonna be special teams slumps etc. But you would think after a certain period of time had gone by, that the coaches and players would've figured out what tweaks are necessary to get it back on track. Obviously, that's not happening here.
So how could it go on this long yet still not have improved an iota? Mike Sullivan is a smart guy and good coach. Why isn't he able to turn this around? How hard can it be to watch the top PP teams and see what they're doing and how they're doing it, and then just practice the mother ****ing **** out of it until it becomes second nature?
Ack, I just don't get it. You have an extra man on the ice. How hard can it be to come up with some sort of efficient strategy that gets the puck to the damn net???
I love this team. I mean, I friggin LOVE this team. But we aren't going anywhere unless we learn how to be a PP threat. If we can just figure that out, or figure out a way before the deadline to get a PP specialist, then I think it'll be a fun spring. If we continue to fail in such a way as to be consistently embarrassing, well, then, if we make it to the playoffs at all we probably won't make it past the first round.
Please, if there is a god, let something happen that makes our PP something you want to watch for 2 minutes instead of something you fast forward through...
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