VIDEO: Rangers' power play gets worse, Brandon Sutter scores shorty
The Rangers haven't scored in 36 straight power play opportunities this postseason but their opponents have. Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed tally late in the second period of Game 4.
So how can the Rangers power play get any worse? By allowing short-handed goals.
As the Rangers were in the midst of tying an NHL playoff record with their 36th consecutive going sans a goal, their power play actually did produce a score ... for the Penguins.
Showing just how out of sync and how much they are lacking confidence, the Rangers made a mess of the play in the neutral zone when Rick Nash turned it over. Next thing you knew it was Penguins forward Brian Gibbons and streaking in all alone on Henrik Lundqvist with the puck on his stick.
Gibbons actually lost the puck right in front of Lundqvist but his teammate Brandon Sutter was skating hard behind him and was there to pick up the loose puck and roof it for the short-handed goal and a 2-1 Penguins lead headed into the third period.
Of course the Rangers' power-play issues remain the story here but the Penguins have been doing an excellent job on the PK as well. Gibbons has been a terrific addition to the team lately and in this postseason Sutter has been fantastic, playing up to the potential they have been hoping for. That was Sutter's fourth goals and sixth point overall of these playoffs.
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