Read: That Top Line Looked Pretty Good Last Night

Rick Nash, Marian GaborikLast night the Rangers had a line featuring Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash.

Richards, Nash and Gaborik combined to score the Rangers first goal and Gaborik ended up with a hat trick.

As Jeff Klein writes in the NY Times, “Coach John Tortorella united his three best forwards — Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash — for the first time, and their spectacular creativity gave the Rangers their first victory of the season, 4-3 in overtime over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. ”

Dave Maloney said last night on ESPN Radio, “The plan was to break up Gaborik and Nash, but I don’t think the supporting cast is deep enough to do that. If they can be a factor that puts in 3 of 4 goals every night, I think that works.”

On playing with Richards and Nash, Gaborik said on ESPN Radio “I think it went great. That is what we need to do. Richie slows the game down and Nasher is a force out there. That is how we have to play.”

Dan Girardi told “They’re all great players and when they’re clicking that’s a hard line to stop. There are some pretty high-class players on that line. It’s not always going to be perfect, but as long as they’re getting their chances and defending the right way they’ll be pretty good.”