Ryane Clowe's Rangers debut went far better than he could've imagined, considering he took a red-eye flight from San Jose and slept just 30 minutes the night before Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.
The recently acquired forward, traded to the Rangers from San Jose on Tuesday, tallied two goals and added an assist to propel his new team to a 6-1 drubbing of the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.
"It was a pretty special night, obviously," Clowe said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "It was a pretty crazy 24 hours after being traded. ... That's not exactly how I expected it to go. I couldn't imagine it going so well."
Clowe admitted to feeling some fatigue during the game -- his eyes were getting heavy in the third period -- but he said he had it easier than other guys.
"At least I had a little bit of time. Those other guys who came in right before warm-up. They didn't even have time to shake hands; they had to get dressed," Clowe said.
That didn't seem to hinder any of the three newbies, though. Clowe, Brassard and Moore all scored goals and combined for eight points.
"It was a pretty wild night, but to be able to get thrown together like that and jell together was pretty special," he said.
Clowe said the move from San Jose, where he played since the 2005-06 season, will be a tough one, but that having a no-trade clause made the decision easier. Clowe said he spoke with Sharks general manager Doug Wilson about the possibility of a trade and the direction San Jose was going.
"I tried to do my homework on where I fit in ... and the Rangers were on the top of my list right away," Clowe said. "Once I knew they were interested, I knew I could fit in and help out here."
Clowe said he always viewed the team as one that was hard to play against and didn't give up.
"I looked at them as a team that was on the bubble of making the playoffs, but I didn't look at them like they should be there," he said. "I looked at them as a top team."
As for Rangers coach John Tortorella, Clowe's initial impressions were "fiery" and "intense" -- though his three-point effort protected him from any of that Wednesday night.
"We'll see down the road," Clowe said. "So, so far, so good."