The Power Play Discussion
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01-31-2012, 01:07 PM
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Oh really? Scroll down to the section labelled "Third Period."
The Rangers problems on the powerplay go far deeper than just the coaching. I wouldn't absolve the coach of all fault, because if the players forget his guidance when they step out on the ice, that's a problem. But ultimately, this issue on the powerplay is not on the coach, whether it's Tortorella or Sullivan.
And the issues you described are still not guidance issues, because, once again, there's just no way the coach is not preaching "movement" when they work on the powerplay.
Of course the coaches are preaching "movement". However, given the Rangers' lack of production on the PP, it is the responsibility of the coaches to watch the game tape and find a system that works best for the team. The Rangers do not have a laundry list of scoring talent, but they still find a way to score at even strength, albeit they even have trouble doing this at times.
The biggest concern of the fans is that there appears to be little urgency in the Rangers' PP. A few lines down from your quote, Ken Hitchcock also says something which would fit this situation pretty well...
“If our team doesn’t have energy and it doesn’t have spirit, somewhere along the line, there’s a breakdown. And when there’s no structure and it’s just ‘drop the puck’ and it’s summer hockey or spring hockey or whatever you want to call it, that’s our responsibility. We’ve got to take ownership there. When a manager doesn’t see those two things, then that falls on our lid. We’ve got to be responsible.”
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