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LeBrun: Brassard rises to the challenge

With their season on the line, the Rangers needed more, and Derrick Brassard delivered a hat trick to force a Game 7 against the Lightning.

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Who wins Rangers-Lightning Game 7?

Barry Melrose makes his prediction for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals: "The two teams are very evenly matched ... but the goaltender makes the difference. It's the most important position of any position in sports."


Brassard hat trick to mirror Messier's?

Derick Brassard's hat trick Tuesday made him the second player in franchise history to record a hat trick in a Game 6. Mark Messier had a hat trick in the same round and the same situation (ECF, down 3 games to 2, Game 6 on the road) in 1994 against the Devils. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. (via Elias)

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7 goals for #NYR to make game 7 necessary! (Brassard, Yandle, Miller, Sheppard, Brassard, Nash, Brassard)

Rangers avoid elimination to force Game 7

Derek Brassard's hat trick and two assists guided the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Lightning in Game 6 as New York improved to 4-0 in elimination games this postseason.