Sound the alarm! Board up your houses! The New York Rangers scored two power-play goals in one game.
These two goals add to the other power-play goal that the Rangers scored their last game, which is three more than they had in their previous seven games before that.
The Rangers have been an impressive team all year. Sitting atop the Eastern Conference for as long as they have been is no easy feat, and it takes great skill and a great team to do so. The Rangers have a great team with very few problems. That is, except for one: the power play.
No matter how good the Rangers have played this year, they have been absolutely dreadful on the power play. No matter how many times they are on it, whether it is a five-on-three or a five-on-four, the Rangers cannot seem to score on the man advantage.
They have more chances to score at even strength than they do on the power play. A Rangers power play can be summed up like this: pass, pass, pass, pass, don't shoot, pass, pass, attempted shot, blocked and cleared down the ice, repeat.
This goes on two or three times, then the power play is over and the Rangers are lucky to get a shot off. It is almost painful to watch.
Over the last two games, however, it has been a much different story. The Rangers are not only shooting on the power play, but they are also scoring on it.
Two goals from captain Ryan Callahan and leading scorer Marian Gaborik against the division rival Philadelphia Flyers have given them a 2-1 lead heading into the second period of their game this afternoon. If the Rangers are able to sustain this power-play success, they will have solved the biggest problem they have this season and will be an extremely dangerous team for the rest of the year and in the playoffs.