Well, it all comes down to this. The New York Rangers have to either win Game 6 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of their home crowd at Madison Square Garden to extend this second round series to a seventh game or lose and stay home. What will most likely be the difference-maker from winning or losing this do-or-die Game 6 tonight? Well, special teams, of course.
What has been the biggest story for the Rangers all postseason long is their power play, or lack thereof. After converting on three power play opportunities in the first two games of the first round of the playoffs vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers went on an atrociously historic 0-36 stretch when having the man advantage, until finally converting and scoring on their power play in Game 5 of the second round vs. the Penguins.
So, since special teams has been the story all playoffs, why should it change now in the Rangers’ potential last game of their 2013-14 NHL season?
Now it is not mandatory for the Rangers to score on their power play in this do-or-die Game 6 tonight vs. the Penguins, but more importantly, the Rangers’ power play has to give them momentum, leading to establishing more offensive zone time that would hopefully result in goals for them. If not, then you can assume that the Penguins will be able to seize momentum, take the Madison Square Garden crowd out it and take control of the game, resulting in the end of the Rangers’ season tonight.