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Rangers power play woes end - briefly

Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 18: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers celebrates his first period goal with teammate Brad Richards #19 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 18, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins managed to win the Stanley Cup in 2011 despite the fact that they scored just 10 power-play goals on 88 opportunities. So struggling with the man advantage is a handicap that can be overcome – but it’s obviously far better if you don’t have that issue to begin with.

That’s why New York Rangers fans had to be encouraged by Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan’s power-play goals in the first period of Game 4 on Wednesday. The Rangers had previously gone 1-for-11 with the man advantage in three playoff contests.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and in the Rangers case that end came rather abruptly. Just as quickly as they managed to figure out this whole, score when you got more guys on the ice thing, they forgot how to do it. New York went 0-for-5 on the power-play for the remainder of the night, which allowed Ottawa to claw their way back into the contest.

The Rangers ended up losing 3-2 in overtime, which tied the series at 2-2.