NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers|
(Wednesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Pittsburgh 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - After trading away their primary goal scorer
from the previous three seasons, the New York Rangers put up their highest
offensive output of the year with plenty of the help from a few of his
Ryane Clowe scored two goals and assisted on another in a dazzling Rangers
debut, while Derick Brassard delivered a four-point night just hours after
being acquired by the club to help New York register a 6-1 rout of the
suddenly slumping Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
Brassard, one of three players who came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in
exchange for three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik during Wednesday's trade
deadline, tallied once and recorded three assists in New York's first six-goal
effort of the season. Defenseman John Moore, also part of the Gaborik deal,
lit the lamp as well in his first outing as a Ranger.
"You can see Brassard's skill and he has pretty good awareness," said Rangers
head coach John Tortorella. "He passed the puck and scored a goal. He was good
on face-offs. Moore is the one I am really interested in because I know the
least about him. He's a terrific skater and I thought he did a really good job
defending and made some really good reads."
Brian Boyle also racked up a goal and three helpers for New York, which was
coming off another strong performance in Monday's 4-2 home victory over
Winnipeg, while Henrik Lundqvist turned back 26-of-27 shots.
Clowe, brought in by the Rangers in a trade with San Jose on Tuesday, didn't
have a single goal in 28 games with the Sharks, but played an instrumental
role for his new club as New York dealt the Penguins a second straight setback
following a 15-game winning streak that was halted with Monday's 4-1 home loss
Both of those defeats came without the services of star center Sidney Crosby,
who is sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw sustained over the weekend.
"We have to find ways to do better than that," Penguins center Brandon Sutter
said. "To a man here we know that's unacceptable. I can't explain why or why
it went that way the last two games."
Pascal Dupuis scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, which received 33 saves
from Marc-Andre Fleury in the loss.
Brassard made an instant impact on his first power-play opportunity in a New
York uniform. With the Penguins' Chris Kunitz in the box for a slashing call,
the new Rangers center delivered a drop pass that Brad Richards one-timed and
Boyle re-directed into the Pittsburgh net midway through the first period to
give the Blueshirts a 1-0 edge.
Less than 2 1/2 minutes later, Richards set up Ryan McDonagh for a well-placed
blast into the upper right corner of the cage to place the Penguins in a two-
Clowe got into the act shortly afterward, whipping a backhander off a Derek
Stepan feed past Fleury exactly two minutes after McDonagh's strike to extend
New York's cushion to 3-0.
"We went over some system stuff before the game and I talked to (Tortorella) a
little bit and he said 'don't worry about it too much tonight, just go out and
play and that's all you have to do'. All that stuff that I think makes me a
good player I tried to do tonight. I thought for the first game, I gelled
pretty well with that line."
The Penguins' problems continued early in the second period, as Evgeni Malkin
was sent off for tripping New York's Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers
capitalized on the penalty.
Boyle had a long drive blocked in front following the ensuing faceoff, but
Brassard lifted the resulting rebound over Fleury's right shoulder to further
stretch the lead just 1:53 into the middle session.
Pittsburgh did answer a mere 34 seconds later, however, after Lundqvist kicked
out a Robert Bortuzzo shot right to Dupuis and the Penguins' wing buried home
the carom to get his team on the board.
The momentum was short-lived, however, as the Rangers cashed in on another
chance with the man advantage before the period concluded.
Brassard had a hand in that goal as well, sending a beautiful no-look backhand
pass to Clowe that the latter buried into an open right side 7:08 prior to the
Moore's first goal as a Ranger accounted for the only marker of the final
frame, with the young blueliner sending a shot from the left point that Fleury
failed to glove with 10:13 left to play.
The game was the first of a home-and-home series between the Atlantic Division
foes, with the clubs set to play in Pittsburgh on Friday ... New York also
acquired right wing Derek Dorsett, out for the season with a fractured
collarbone, from the Blue Jackets in the Gaborik trade ... The Rangers had
lost seven straight to the Pens in regular-season play coming in ... New York
scored five goals in the first two periods for the first time in exactly a
calendar year, last doing so in a 5-3 decision at Philadelphia on April 3,
2012 ... Pittsburgh acquired center Jussi Jokinen from Carolina during
Wednesday's deadline ... Lundqvist notched his 268th win as a Ranger, passing
Eddie Giacomin for second place in franchise history for that category.
04/03 23:37:00 ET