Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Penguins 1
By Matt Ehalt
Hours after trading veteran forward Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers notched their season high in goals by defeating Pittsburgh 6-1 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers received eight points from three players they acquired before the trade deadline.
PLAYOFF UPDATE: With the win, the Rangers are now in a three-way tie with the Devils and Islanders for seventh place in the East. The Rangers currently own the tiebreaker over both teams because they've played one less game than the Islanders, and have won more games in regulation than the Devils. The teams all have 39 points.
RYANE'S HOPE:Ryane Clowe hadn't scored a goal in 28 games with the Sharks this season, but it only took him 15 minutes as a Ranger to notch one. The veteran forward, acquired Tuesday night for draft picks, had a memorable MSG debut as he scored two goals and added an assist. The Rangers acquired him to add depth and ruggedness, but on Wednesday he gave them an offensive lift.
NOT THE ONLY NEW STAR: As part of the Gaborik deal, the Rangers acquired Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore. Brassard led all the newcomers with four points as he notched a goal and three assists Wednesday. The four-point night marked his best game of the season.
AND THERE'S MOORE! Moore added a goal in the third period to make sure that all the new Rangers acquisitions, aside from the injured Dorsett, scored a goal. It marked Moore's first goal of the year and third in his young career.
POWER PLAY: So this is what an efficient power play looks like? The Rangers were a stunning 3-for-4 on the power play Wednesday night. Normally, the Rangers are awful with a man advantage, and they had just three goals on the power play in their last 13 games. The Rangers received power-play goals from Brian Boyle, Brassard and Clowe, with all the goals coming in the first.
HOT FIRST: The Rangers had their best first period of the year, scoring three goals.
FINALLY BEAT 'EM: Pittsburgh has been a thorn in the Rangers' side lately, winning all three of the games this year by a combined score of 12-3. The Rangers finally cracked Pittsburgh on Wednesday, taking advantage of a weakened Pittsburgh lineup without Sidney Crosby.
UP NEXT: The Rangers conclude this home-and-home series with a trip to Pittsburgh on Friday.