New York Rangers—Aggressive Hockey is the Epitome of Success

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2009

After three satisfying wins, the streak for the Blueshirts is over. Even though two of those games were pure domination against mediocre lineups, the matinee win against the Bruins hopefully showed what the new Rangers are all about.

A few of their recent goals can be explained as follies by the goaltenders. However, they are showing a key to any successful team—a strong forecheck that forces teams to turn the puck over in the opposing zone.

The forecheck is an asset they never possessed or utilized under Tom Renney. The aggressive yet team-first style of John Tortorella has opened up new scoring opportunities.

If there is one thing to take out of the Rangers-Bruins showdown beside the two points, it was if you forecheck, you will take puck control away from the opponent.

In addition, the Rangers don't have to play defense when they control the puck. The second point explains the improved defense since Tortorella's hiring. This is because they are going after the opponent, rather than waiting for them in their own defensive zone.

In order for this style to work even more effectively, one adjustment needs to be made. The New York Rangers need to put the puck in the back of the net!

Without scoring, no team can possibly grab a victory. The scoring droughts become even more apparent at the tail-end of the Eastern Conference standings. Every point could be the difference between winning or getting the golf clubs out early.