Though the title of this article may be simplistic, if you are a fan of the New York Rangers like I am, you would know that sometimes they can get too pass happy, especially when on the power play. It may work from time to time, like it did in the Rangers’ 4-1 win vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the 1st round of the playoffs on Thursday, but that is not always going to be the case.
It should not matter who is in net for the Flyers, whether it is Steve Mason, Ray Emery, or Cal Heeter, or any other opponent because the Rangers do not have the team that can score goals at will. You would think they could with players like Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis, but for some reason they just do not. If the Rangers try to become too fancy and do not constantly put pucks towards the net then it will not matter how good or bad the opposition’s goaltender is because he will have a great game.
As Rangers fans, we have all seen this season, and over the years, that if the Rangers do not constantly play at a high level, establish a forecheck, put the pressure on, and keep shooting and putting pucks towards the net then they will lose the game. The Rangers are just not the type of team that will ever score 5 goals on 5 shots. Working hard from start to finish, constantly outplaying and outworking the opposition, and putting the puck towards the net needs to be the only strategy the Rangers implement in their game this postseason.
Like I said earlier, you may think this is simplistic but sometimes the simpler your game the more chance you have for success.