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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and for the New York Rangers that means stepping up the offense big time against the Capitals.

By Jessica Joy Curtin

After a devastating loss to the Washington Capitals in Game One, the New York Rangers know something has to be done in order to prevent any repeat performances. No Rangers fan wants to see that again and I’m sure Alain Vigneault wouldn’t either for all the gum in the world.

So what’s to be done?1rangers2

The Rangers’ offense needs some major work. It’s been a problem since the beginning of the postseason as they’ve managed to score no more than two goals in almost every single game. And the one time when they did score over two goals was in a 3-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, so even then offense was struggling.

This can not continue to be a problem if the Rangers want to reach Round Three. The Capitals have shown that they can light the lamp when desperately needed. And even when it’s not they’ve won by a margin of 5-1 against the New York Islanders in Game Five of Round One.

Washington’s star goal-scorer, Alex Ovechkin, has especially been a nuisance, scoring a goal in every single contest – regular season and Game One – against the Rangers this year. No matter how well New York’s defense will be, it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll score again in the next game.

So, however the Rangers achieve better offense, whether it’s through a few tweaks in the lineup or finding wacky ways to get the puck past Braden Holtby, they had better figure it out soon.

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