TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will need to be wary of the Toronto Maple Leafs revived power play Saturday night when the teams meet at the Scotiabank Arena.
After the Maple Leafs struggled through an 0-for-17 drought with the man advantage in their previous four games, they were 3-for-3 on the power play Thursday night in a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
"I don't think there was any sense of panic," said Maple Leafs center John Tavares, who scored twice, once on a power play Thursday. "We just tried to fine-tune, refocus, look at some things, get some practice time, some good video sessions, talk about it and sometimes you just get some better bounces and get rewarded. Overall, got some good results there and obviously, want to carry it forward."
On a positive note for the Rangers, they were 5-for-5 killing penalties with a short-handed goal that turned out to be the game-winner Tuesday in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks after going 11-for-17 on the penalty kill in the previous four games. They are tied for fourth in the NHL with five short-handed goals.
"Listen, we haven't felt great about ourselves for a while," Rangers coach David Quinn said after his team scored three third-period goals against Anaheim. "It's been duly noted that we've been in a little bit of a spiral here; we've blown some leads; we've played some good hockey, but not good enough, and found ways to lose. But tonight was a feel-good moment for us. We didn't play great in the first two, we didn't play poorly; it was a very 'blah' hockey game, I thought, for two periods. And to be able to overcome the first two periods and play with the purpose and the pace that we did, a little bit of an edge to our game, is a testament to our guys and the mental aspect of this game." >> READ MORE
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