Mon 30 Apr 2007
If any good is to come from the Rangers double overtime victory against the Sabres let it be that they will heed the advice of Michael Rozvival who was Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rozsey-on-the-spotÃ¢â‚¬Â.
“Anything can happen when you put it on net,” Rozsival told Dan Rosen of The Record.
One only needs to look back at the Rangers two goals on Sunday to see how true RozsivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words ring.Ã‚Â Martin Straka provided the screen on Jaromir JagrÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tap in goal to put the Rangers in front and Jagr was the man who screened Ryan Miller on RozsivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game winner.
In fact, go back to the Rangers Game 2 goals and you will find both came as a result of the Rangers causing havoc in front of the Buffalo net.Ã‚Â Yes, Miller playing an elite level of hockey Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the kind that is elevating him as the heir to Mike Richter as the best American netminder.Ã‚Â However, far too often the Rangers are content to stay to the outside with their shots without providing any traffic in front of the Buffalo net.
Think back on the shots and near-missed from both teams.Ã‚Â More often than not, the Rangers shots are coming outside of the triangle while the Sabres are working inside the triangle.
The triangle I am referring to would be considered the slot and the high slot.Ã‚Â Use the crease as the point of the triangle and extend the legs out to the circles and then across just inside the top of the circle.Ã‚Â Obviously, this is prime real estate when it comes to getting quality scoring chances.
With this triangle in mind, think back to where the Rangers are taking most of their shots Ã¢â‚¬â€œ especially on the power play.Ã‚Â They are coming outside this area, mostly on shots from sharp angles.Ã‚Â Unless you are crowding the net and facing a goaltender that is a rebound machine you are just not going to score on these types of shots all that often.Ã‚Â Factor in the Rangers inconsistent ability to cause traffic and MillerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to control rebounds and you see why the Blueshirts are having problems scoring.
Even on RachunekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (wrongly) disallowed goal, the Rangers showed on dangerous they can be on offense when they go to the net with their offense instead of concentrating on the finesse game.
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