David Quinn calls out Rangers' anemic power play

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Rangers are doing their best to challenge the meaning of the phrase “power play.”

After two more empty man-advantages — when they got off just one shot on net — in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Wild, the Rangers sunk to 1-for-their-past-29 on the power play.

“Our power play certainly needs to be addressed,” coach David Quinn said after the Rangers had mustered all of four shots on three power plays in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Flames. “It’s just too slow, too methodical. We don’t have an attack mentality on the power play, for sure. We don’t have an idea what we’re going to do with it before we get it.”

The latest power outage Saturday came two games after the Rangers went 1-for-4 on the man-advantage against the Canucks, with Pavel Buchnevich snapping the team’s 0-for-24 slump. But that game also included 1:33 of five-on-three, when the Rangers did not fire off a single shot and had Quinn steaming about it postgame.

The Rangers had been converting on 21.6 percent of their power plays before the trade deadline, which would currently make them the 10th-best unit in the league. But since then — with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, both mainstays on the power play, traded away — they have hardly been a threat.

“We’ve gotta get way more of an attack mentality to our power play,” Quinn said. “We get a puck and we’re looking to see, OK, what are we going to do with it? Instead of knowing what we’re going to do with it before we get it. It’s something we got to address. Obviously after [Friday night], we have to address a lot of things the way we played.”


After Saturday’s road-trip finale, the Rangers were to fly home to start their final 10 games across 19 days, starting Tuesday against the Red Wings at the Garden.

“The good thing is there’s a lot of games coming up, so you don’t have time to sit and overthink [the losses],” said Henrik Lundqvist, who was expected to start the second half of the back-to-back Saturday after Alexandar Georgiev went Friday. “You just need to move on and focus on the next practice and the next game. There’s no time for anything else.”


Boo Nieves and Connor Brickley were the healthy scratches while defenseman Brendan Smith moved back to left wing and Fredrik Claesson returned to the blue line.


Mika Zibanejad’s first-period goal, from beyond the end line, was his 28th of the year, setting a career-high. He became the first Rangers center to score at least 28 goals in a season since Eric Lindros in 2001-02.