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The Rangers will not beat the Bruins if they do not get their power play in order.
Against the Washington Capitals, the power play was beyond abysmal. The team scored twice in 28 opportunities and did not score on three five-on-three advantages.
The Rangers were lucky that that didn't come back to bite them. They beat the Capitals through their defense and goaltending, not through their offense.
That may not cut it against the Bruins.
Not only are the Bruins more experienced than the Caps—and the Rangers, for that matter—but they have a better goaltender and more depth throughout the lineup. If the Rangers cannot score power-play goals, then the Bruins will make them pay.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, the Bruins are really solid on the penalty kill. They had the fourth-ranked unit in the regular season and allowed five goals in 21 attempts against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Rangers will need to do what they did in Game 7 on the power play—more movement, more shots and quicker decision-making.
They cannot, however, do what they did for most of the series—set up at the point, pass back and forth, and put a lazy shot on net. That won't cut it.
The Rangers' offense showed signs of life in Game 7, and if that carries over to this series, then they should be better on the power play.
If not, it could be a quick exit.