Rangers' power play shows plenty of life

Derick Brassard shoots the puck for a second-period

Derick Brassard shoots the puck for a second-period power-play goal against the Washington Capitals during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. (May 6, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Rangers' power play, which finally created some chances during six opportunities, scored one goal as a penalty ended and added another early in a man-advantage. It may have found a quarterback: defenseman John Moore, 22.

"It's his third [playoff] game and he's running our power play now," coach John Tortorella said of Moore's 5:37 on the point and six shot attempts overall in 15:50. "We're asking an awful lot and he handled himself really well."

The Rangers' power play was 0-for-7 in the first two games. Said Tortorella, "I thought we shot the puck more. Even if you don't score on it, although we did, we generate some momentum."

 

Powe knocked woozy

Darroll Powe was woozy after a high hit in a collision with Caps winger Joel Ward at 8:20 of the first period and did not return. He suffered a concussion Feb. 17 against the Caps, missing three games. He had seven hits and two blocked shots in 8:02 in Game 2.

 

Clowe feeling better

Ryane Clowe might be an option in Game 4. The rugged winger, who suffered a concussion when hit by an elbow from Carolina's Bobby Sanguinetti on April 25, was scratched for the fourth straight game but said after the morning skate, "I feel pretty good out there. I'm still not sure about [playing]. When I come back, like anyone else at this time of the year, no one is at 100 percent but . . . I'll definitely feel capable of doing everything that I think I can bring or the style I can play, which is obviously a physical style.''

Clowe has not taken any contact in practice.

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