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Mexican viagra The Rangers were steamrolled in overtime. Mexican viagra I don’t know if it was Johnny Boychuk’s shot that rang off the post as the buzzer sounded at the end of the third period, mexican viagra Derek Dorsett’s interference penalty in the opening minutes, mexican viagra or a combination of both, mexican viagra but the Blueshirts were not a step slow – they were a couple of steps behind the play in overtime.

Mexican viagra Coach John Tortorella pointed to Dorsett’s penalty was the key factor to the overtime domination.

Mexican viagra “We never regrouped, mexican viagra” Tortorella admitted to Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post. Mexican viagra “It was a surge. Mexican viagra We couldn’t stop it.”

Mexican viagra Leave it to Torts to sum up the game as succinctly as possible.

Mexican viagra ‘‘I thought it was pretty even going into the overtime, mexican viagra’’ he said. Mexican viagra ‘‘But we got spanked in the overtime.’’

Mexican viagra The Bruins outshot the Rangers 16-5 in overtime and that didn’t even factor in the posts that Boychuk and Jaromir Jagr hit. Mexican viagra Eight of those shots came on the Bruins power play – a man advantage that seemed to last the entire overtime.

Mexican viagra When you factor in the Rangers and Bruins streaks along with Henrik Lundqvist’s 3-11 record in playoff overtimes, mexican viagra the Blueshirts need to get the job done during regulation.

Mexican viagra Lundqvist’s overtime record in the playoffs is misleading because he can only control the defensive end of the ice; he has no way to control his teammates’ inability to score in overtime – and in regulation and especially on the power play for that matter.

Mexican viagra Ah yes there it is again, mexican viagra the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Mexican viagra The Rangers power(less) play has reached new heights in dragging the team down. Mexican viagra The Blueshirts can survive without production from their power(less)play as long as their penalty killers keep their opponents off the board. Mexican viagra Once they allow a PPG, mexican viagra all bets are off.

Mexican viagra Quite frankly, mexican viagra I am sure you guys are as tired reading about it as I am writing about it, mexican viagra but when they do the postmortem on the Rangers playoff run it will be front and center. Mexican viagra Right now the Rangers need their opponents to screw up in order to score a power play goal.

Mexican viagra Looking ahead to next year, mexican viagra by hook or by crook, mexican viagra President/GM Glen Sather has got to get the power play unit either someone with a booming shot (like a Chara or Mike Green) or someone who can move the puck with a purpose (like UFA Mark Streit).

Mexican viagra In six of the eight games the Rangers have played in the playoffs the team that won the game scored a power play goal. Mexican viagra The only two times that was not the case was Games 6 and 7.

Mexican viagra In going 0-for-3 in Game, mexican viagra the Rangers power(less) play hasn’t scored in its last 14 attempts and is a moribund 2-for-31 in the playoffs. Mexican viagra Quite honestly, mexican viagra I can find five guys from a Men’s Rec league to produce those kinds of numbers.

Mexican viagra As bad as the power(less) play was – and it was bad – there was enough blame to go around. Mexican viagra

Mexican viagra “We need to get good chances and create momentum, mexican viagra” Dan Girardi admitted to Dan Rosen of nhl.com. Mexican viagra “We’ve got to get a goal on the power play. Mexican viagra It’s a difference maker. Mexican viagra We don’t get one and we lose the game. Mexican viagra We definitely have to figure out something with that.”

Mexican viagra Perhaps the Rangers might want to follow the advice Krug offered up when discussing Boston’s strategy with the man advantage.

Mexican viagra ‘‘The key to every power play is to get pucks to the net, mexican viagra’’ Krug told Howards Ulman of the AP.

Mexican viagra As great as Lundqvist has been in the playoffs – including standing on his head in overtime – The King was a mere commoner on Boston’s first two goals. Mexican viagra It is rare that one puck gets through Lundqvist in one game, mexican viagra never mind two.

Mexican viagra While he has to stop Torey Krug’s shot on the power play, mexican viagra you could see trouble developing as the four Rangers penalty killers focused on the puck along the RW boards and completely ignored the weak side.

Mexican viagra The real killer was Zdeno Chara’s shot that found its with through Lundqvist. Mexican viagra Normally, mexican viagra giving up a goal to Chara from the point is understandable given Chara’s booming slap shot. Mexican viagra However, mexican viagra the shot that eluded Lundqvist was a “knucklepuck shot” courtesy of the movie “D2: The Mighty Ducks”.

Mexican viagra Afterwards, mexican viagra Lundqvist was lamenting his misplay of the Bruins game-winning two-on-one rush.

Mexican viagra “I thought I made a bad decision, mexican viagra” Lundqvist told Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald. Mexican viagra “I mean it’s a tough play, mexican viagra but I could play it better. Mexican viagra That was a tough overtime for us. Mexican viagra We didn’t really get going, mexican viagra and they came out with a lot of energy and created a lot of chances. Mexican viagra I thought we played a pretty good game. Mexican viagra We did, mexican viagra but special teams were the difference, mexican viagra the one at 1-0 and then, mexican viagra I mean that’s going to be the case these playoffs.”

Mexican viagra As the Rangers look ahead to Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, mexican viagra they are going to have to work harder in a couple of areas if they want to prevent a repeat of their start of the first round.

Mexican viagra Obviously, mexican viagra the Rangers special teams have to be better. Mexican viagra On the penalty kill, mexican viagra they have to continue to monitor where Chara is at all times and make sure they don’t allow the Bruins to score when Chara is off the ice – like he was on Krug’s goal. Mexican viagra They have to make sure they don’t get caught watching the puck and allow the weak side defenseman free reign.

Mexican viagra The Blueshirts also have to remember to be smart and stay away from the undisciplined penalties. Mexican viagra Of the Bruins four power plays, mexican viagra only Dorsett’s was the only that could be considered undisciplined but a case could be made that he needs to have better positioning.

Mexican viagra You could make a case that Taylor Pyatt’s penalty for his on Boychuk was sketchy because the referees were not going to call a penalty until the Bruins penalty stayed down on the ice. Mexican viagra If that was the case, mexican viagra Pyatt should have been hit with at least a four-minute penalty if not a major.

Mexican viagra As Rick Carpiniello pointed out on his Journal News Blog, mexican viagra was that hit any worse than the one Jason Chimera delivered on Ryane Clowe or the one Alex Ovechkin put on Ryan McDonagh? Neither of those were deemed to be penalties; hence the problem with the NHL – inconsistent officiating within games and from game-to-game.

Mexican viagra With that said, mexican viagra Pyatt has to know that if you can the name of the back of the player’s jersey you can’t run him, mexican viagra you gave to ease off bit and give him a bump instead of a hit. Mexican viagra

Mexican viagra It is the perfect example of why some in hockey circles are calling for players to be able to “wrap up” opponents instead of laying the smack down when they are vulnerable against the boards. Mexican viagra The only problem with that idea is it adds another layer of “gray” area that NHL referees will have to navigate.

Mexican viagra On the power play, mexican viagra the Rangers need to do the same thing they need to do at even-strength – get shots and goal and get bodies in front of Tuukku Rask. Mexican viagra Rangers’ forwards spend too much time at the side of the crease rather than in front of it. Mexican viagra In addition, mexican viagra far too many times the Rangers will set up their attack on one wing and the opposite forward is standing off the opposite post.

Mexican viagra In other words, mexican viagra if the Rangers are coming down the RW side, mexican viagra the forward that is “around the net” is standing off the last post. Mexican viagra As a result, mexican viagra a cross-ice pass has to go through two defensemen and the goalie. Mexican viagra Instead, mexican viagra the weak side forward needs to get to the top of the crease or even the RW post.

Mexican viagra The Rangers big guns have to fire in this series. Mexican viagra Derek Stepan’s one-timer 14 seconds into the third period shows what happens when you put the puck on net … quickly.

Mexican viagra While speaking with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday, mexican viagra Joe Micheletti stressed the need for the Rangers best players to be their best players.

Mexican viagra “Your top players have to step up and be a factor …. Mexican viagra These players are going to have to find their games.

Mexican viagra The Rangers need to tighten up their play with the puck. Mexican viagra According to Adam Rotter of the Rangers SNY Blog, mexican viagra the Rangers were charged with 17 turnovers, mexican viagra as compared to just four for the Bruins. Mexican viagra The biggest Rangers culprits: Derick Brassard and Ryan Callahan.

Mexican viagra It was Brassard’s ill-timed and ill-conceived cross-ice pass in overtime that caught Ryan McDonagh joining the attack which led to the Bruins eventual game-winning two-on-one.

Mexican viagra Callahan might have had one of the worst games of his Rangers career. Mexican viagra He just appeared to be a step late in trying to defend the Bruins cross-ice passes in the Rangers zone and was generally not up to his usual standards. Mexican viagra You can expect that will not be the case in Game 2.

Mexican viagra “We felt like we were right there, mexican viagra” the captain relayed to Cyrgalis. Mexican viagra “We’ve dealt with this [losing in OT] before. Mexican viagra It happened to us twice in the Washington series. Mexican viagra We’ve got two days to regroup and we go right back at it.

Mexican viagra Here are my random Ramblings from Game 1:

Mexican viagra • Brad Marchand’s name enters the Rangers-Bruins playoff lore. Mexican viagra The last time the two teams played an overtime game in the playoffs Jerry Toppazzini scored one of his nine playoff goals in 1958.
• The most famous of all Bruins overtime heroes against the Rangers is Mel Hill who truly earned the nickname “Sudden Death”. Mexican viagra During the 1938-39 season, mexican viagra Hill scored just 10 goals. Mexican viagra However, mexican viagra in the 1939 Semifinals Hill channeled his inner goal scorer as he scored three overtime game-winning goals against the Rangers. Mexican viagra Two of those times Hill’s goals came in Triple OT, mexican viagra including the series winner in Game 7.
• Marchand’s goal was the first of the playoffs. Mexican viagra The Rangers have to hope it is a harbinger for Rick Nash to start scoring. Mexican viagra Nash was active last night and it was his rush that paved the way for McDonagh’s tying goal with 1.3 seconds left in the second period. Mexican viagra In the final minute of the first period, mexican viagra Nash came down the RW and took a wrist shot rather than try another one of those infernal spinoramas – definitely a good sign.
• Stepan’s goal was the six the Bruins have allowed in the first two minutes of a period in their playoff games – thus making strong starts in each period a must.
• We had it pounded into our heads by NBC Sports that Jaromir Jagr is older player who needs to limit his shifts – especially late in games. Mexican viagra Here is just how old he is – Jagr was the only player alive when the Rangers and Bruins last met in the playoffs on April 10, mexican viagra 1973.
• Okay who does Pierre McGuire have a bigger man-crush on: The Bruins 4th line (Gregory Campbell, mexican viagra Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton) or Brad Marchand? If the Bruins 4th line is the thing that is going to tip the balance of power in this series, mexican viagra then sign me up for a Rangers series win.
• Speaking of Marchand, mexican viagra the Rangers need to put bodies on both Marchand and David Krejci as a way to slow them down.
• While I am in bash NBC Sports mode, mexican viagra why would you not shift the Los Angeles-San Jose game over to CNBC (or even the NHL Network) while the Rangers-Bruins were battling in overtime? That is the problem when you have one network running your sport.
• I am not sure if it was coincidence, mexican viagra a specific game plan or just a matter of the flow of the game, mexican viagra but Boston sure looked like they placed an emphasis on attacking down the right side and then peppering Lundqvist with shots to the long side (i.e. Mexican viagra the stick side).
• Another thing the Bruins were doing was looking to make long passes to get behind the Rangers defensemen. Mexican viagra Given the Rangers’ blueliners for letting forwards get behind and for sometimes playing too wide apart, mexican viagra it is a smart strategy for the Bruins and one the Blueshirts will need to tighten up.
• The Rangers must take advantage of the three rookie Bruins defensemen (Matt Bartkowski, mexican viagra Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug). Mexican viagra It was Bartkowski’s inability to get the puck deep that led to Stepan’s go-ahead goal.
• Speaking of three rookie d-men, mexican viagra Boston was forced to play three rookies on defense back in 1985 against Montreal (John Blum, mexican viagra Frank Simonetti and Mats Thelin). Mexican viagra The Bruins lost that best-of-five series in five games.
• One final piece of advice for the power(less) play: more puck and player movement, mexican viagra more traffic in front of Rask, mexican viagra and more shots on goal. Mexican viagra I will even accept deliberately shooting wide to avoid blocked shots IF the forwards know enough to go and get the puck and IF they know enough someone also needs to be in FRONT of the net, mexican viagra not to the side.

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