Since John Tortorella took over the head coaching job of the New York Rangers, the once struggling team went 3-1-1, getting 7 out of 10 possible points after picking up only 7 points in the entire month of February while Tom Renney was the coach. The three wins have been consecutive and the winning streak is still going into Monday night when Carolina hosts the Blueshirts. During the streak:
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- The Rangers have won 3 straight for the first time since beating Ottawa, the Islanders, and Chicago in Mid-January.
- They have won 3 straight games in regulation for the first time since they opened the season with a 5 game win streak.
- They have scored 14 goals in a three game span for the first time this season.
- They have scored a power play goal in three consecutive games, and 4 PPGs in 3 games, for the first time this season.
- The power play has gone 4 for 13 for a 30.8% success rate. Their season PP% is less than half of that, at 14.6%
- The top players: Scott Gomez (3,2) Chris Drury (2,3) Nikolai Zherdev (3,2) and Markus Naslund (2,1) have combined for 10 goals and 8 assists.
- They have surrendered only 6 goals for a 2.00 GAA, which is .65 better than the season average, despite playing more offensively.
- Since Tortorella became coach, the Rangers have outscored opponents by a 18-9 margin, or 3.6 to 1.8 on average.
If this doesn't convince you that the new coach has breathed life into the Rangers and given them a fighting chance to make noise in the postseason, nothing will.
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