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Peter Laviolette, Rangers’ Coach, Refrains from Sharing Insights on Penalty Disparity

In a tightly contested first-round matchup between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals, penalty disparity has become a significant factor. While the Rangers may have taken one too many penalties in their recent 3-1 win, head coach Peter Laviolette remains tight-lipped about the officiating.

When asked about the 12 penalties called in the previous game, Laviolette responded with a simple, “I do have thoughts,” but declined to share them. This refusal to comment suggests that Laviolette may have some grievances with the way the game was officiated.

Despite the penalty disparity, it seems that the Rangers have been able to benefit from special teams play throughout the series. The team has scored three power-play goals on 12 opportunities, while the Capitals have only converted on two of their 15 power plays. The Rangers’ penalty kill has also been exceptional, successfully fending off 13 of Washington’s 15 power plays.

In addition to their strong penalty kill, the Rangers have also managed to score shorthanded goals in consecutive playoff games. This achievement is a rare feat, with only four instances in Rangers history where they have accomplished this since 1933-34. Furthermore, they became just the third team on record to score a shorthanded game-winning goal in consecutive postseason contests.

Chris Kreider, who scored the Rangers’ lone five-on-five goal in the previous game, acknowledged that they may have taken too many penalties but praised the penalty kill and goaltender Igor Shesterkin for their performance. Jack Roslovic’s assist on Kreider’s goal extended his point streak to three games, showcasing his impact on the team’s offense.

Despite missing a practice before Game 3, Alex Wennberg suited up and played in the game. He brushed off any concerns, stating that it was just a routine maintenance day and nothing out of the ordinary. Wennberg’s presence on the ice demonstrates his dedication and commitment to the team.

Looking ahead, the Rangers have a chance to finish the series in Game 4 on Sunday. With a scheduled practice on Saturday afternoon, they will have the opportunity to fine-tune their game plan and make any necessary adjustments before their next crucial matchup.

As the series between the Rangers and Capitals continues, the penalty disparity remains a topic of discussion. While Laviolette refrains from sharing his thoughts, it is evident that the Rangers have found success on special teams. With their strong penalty kill and ability to score shorthanded goals, they have been able to capitalize on opportunities and gain an advantage in the series. As they prepare for Game 4, the Rangers will look to maintain their disciplined play while continuing to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses.

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