During a meeting with the media yesterday, John Tortorella made it known that the Rangers wouldn’t be in the position they find themselves if their power play was able to pop in a couple of more goals and their penalty killing could stop a few more.
Tortorella said, “I think we have two or three more wins if the special teams, not just the power play but the penalty killing were more consistent. As we continue to try and improve as a team those are two areas that we need to get figured out.”
In terms of the PK, Tortorella said that he is most concerned not with finding pairs that necessarily work together, but trying to get the Rangers concept straightened out with the new penalty killers like Jeff Halpern, Darroll Powe, Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin.
The Rangers are 18th in the league in penalty killing.
Tortorella also accepted some of the responsibility for the short comings of the power play but said, “I think we need to make some plays. We need some really good players to make some really good plays and we are not getting really good plays from our really good players consistently enough.”
He said that the only way the Rangers will get out of the “jam” they are in with the PP is for the coaches and players to work together and solve the problem.