Rangers’ dominant play on penalty kill was difference in Game 3

The Rangers’ penalty kill has turned into an offensive weapon.

In the Blueshirts’ 3-1 victory in Game 3 on Friday night, the penalty killer not only effectively performed his usual job of fending off all six of the Capitals’ power plays, but he also faced many of the contests. He also scored a short-handed goal for his second victory. .

In fact, the Rangers have hit four shortstops in their past five games dating back to the regular season, and six in their last 14 games.

Barclay Goodrow, left, celebrates with Vincent Trocheck after scoring a shorthanded goal in the Rangers’ 3-1 Game 3 win over the Capitals. Jason Suzens, New York Post

“I think we like to play aggressive,” said Barclay Goodrow, who sank the puck on a shorthanded two-on-one rush with Vincent Trocheck in the first period.

“Always stay on your toes and never back down. It seems like you’re getting a lot of chances these days and obviously that’s a bonus. The first job is to kill it, but obviously [K’Andre Miller] We scored a big goal in the last game and tonight we scored again. It’s going well for us. ”

The Rangers frustrated the Capitals’ power play all night, using the man advantage to limit the home team to just six shots on goal.

The Rangers thwarted the Capitals despite their man advantage by clogging lanes, pushing Washington players around, and getting sticks in the way. But at the same time, the Rangers have played in a way that makes them feel like they’re participating in the offense as well.

Whenever they present themselves, they bounce off loose pucks.

Once they have possession of the ball, their eyes are immediately down the ice for an outlet pass that leads them into an odd-man rush.

“I don’t know if we’re doing anything different,” Mika Zibanejad said. “I think we’re putting pressure on, especially with rebounds and recoveries, but I think we’re doing a good job of winning puck battles and getting chances. If we get a chance, we usually send it in and when you get dressed, we’re doing a good job of winning puck battles and getting chances.” I’m going and now I know I have a chance.

“And if you have a 2-on-1 chance, you try to take it, and even if you don’t score on a 2-on-1, if you don’t score on the chance, it kind of takes away momentum from their power play. , to have our way.”