11:07PM: The following quotes are from the Rangers:
John Tortorella on the team’s trade deadline acquisitions…
“(Ryane) Clowe’s first shift is what he is. He’s going to bang and he’s going to create scoring changes. He had a big hit on (Deryk) Engelland and gets a scoring chance. You can see (Derick) Brassard’s skill and he has pretty good awareness. He passed the puck and scored a goal. He was good on face-offs. (John) Moore is the one I am really interested in because I know the least about him out of all of them. He’s a terrific skater and I thought he did a really good job defending and made some really good reads.”
- Ryane Clowe on making his Rangers debut…
“Exactly what I was talking about with Brassard, sometimes you just play. We went over some system stuff before the game and I talked to Torts 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’. And I said to myself I just have to worry about skating and moving my feet and driving my legs, get some chances, and work down low. 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.”
- Derick Brassard on playing for the Rangers…
“I’ve known Rick (Nash) for a while. They obviously have a great team and great players. When we were coming in on the plane today we were excited. It’s a great chance for us to show what we have, and for us, we just want to help in the push towards the playoffs.”
10:09PM: First Period:
- Brian Boyle 2 (power play) (Assists: Brad Richards 15, Derick Brassard 1) (Note: Don LaGreca spoke with Brian Boyle during the first intermission and Boyle said that he didn’t touch the puck.)
- Ryan McDonagh 3 (Assists: Brad Richards 16, Ryane Clowe 12)
- Ryane Clowe 1 (Assists: Derek Stepan 16)
- Derick Brassard 1 (power play) (Assists: Brian Boyle 2, Dan Girardi 11)
- Pascal Dupuis 18 (Assists: Robert Bortuzzo 2, Brenden Morrow 6)
- Ryane Clowe 2 (power play) (Assists: Derick Brassard 2, Brian Boyle 3)
- John Moore 1 (Assists: Brian Boyle 4, Derick Brassard 3)
- Three: Brad Richards
- Two: Derick Brassard
- One: Ryane Clowe
- You can’t ask for more from the new guys than what they brought tonight. They all scored, Clowe and Brassard keyed the power play and didn’t look totally out of place.
- Brian Boyle was a different player tonight. I don’t know if it’s the new players, that the idea of getting traded really kicked him in the butt, or something else, but he exactly the player the Rangers need him to be.
- Brassard is so intriguing to me because he has all this talent and just hasn’t put it together in his career yet. Will he be Wojtek Wolski and have flashes or could he start to realize some of his potential and turn into an important player down the line.
- It’s an important win for the Rangers and five really good periods for the Rangers. This team is starting to play with some confidence and they need to keep it up. Things don’t get easier and you can bet that Pittsburgh will be out for revenge on Friday.
Rangers Game Notes:
- The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-1, tonight at Madison Square Garden, for their second straight win. New York has now recorded a point in seven of their last nine home games (6-2-1).
- The Blueshirts improved to 18-15-3 (39 pts) overall, including a 12-6-2 mark at home this season.
- Newly acquired forwards Ryane Clowe (two goals, one assist) and Derick Brassard (one goal, three assists), along with defenseman John Moore (one goal), combined for eight points while making their Rangers debut in tonight’s contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s contest marks the first time in franchise history that three players tallied a goal while making their Rangers debut in the same game.
- The Blueshirts have now had 16 players make their regular season debut with the team this season.
- The Rangers are now 8-5-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
- The last time the Blueshirts tallied six goals in a game was on November 25, 2011, in a 6-3 win at Washington. The Rangers’ five-goal margin of victory was their largest since December 11, 2011, vs. Florida (6-1 win).
- The Rangers notched three goals in four power play attempts (4:25), and are now 14-65 (21.5%) with the man advantage in the last 24 games. The last time New York registered three power play goals in a game was exactly one year ago, on April 3, 2012, at Philadelphia (5-3 win, 3-6 on the power play).
- The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in two power play opportunities (4:00), and are now 7-7 (100%) on the penalty kill in the last two games. New York improved to 11-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
- New York has registered a point in 12 of 14 games when scoring the first goal this season (11-2-1).
- The Blueshirts extended their point streak in games when leading after the second period to 86 games, dating back to the 2009-10 season, improving to 80-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is now 10-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
- Ryane Clowe notched two goals, including one on the power play, and added an assist in 15:22 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He also tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, was credited with four hits and posted a plus-two rating. Clowe has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last nine games. He was acquired from San Jose yesterday in exchange for a second and third round draft pick in 2013, and a conditional pick in 2014.
- Derick Brassard registered a career-high, four points, including one goal and three assists, and won 11-15 faceoffs (73%) in 12:54 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He has now tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last three contests, including a goal in three straight games. Three of Brassard’s points were tallied on the power play, which is a career-high. He was acquired from Columbus, along with Derek Dorsett, John Moore, and a sixth round pick in 2014, earlier today in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Blake Parlett. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player registered four points while making their Rangers debut was Doug Bentley on January 20, 1954, against Boston.
- Brian Boyle recorded a career-high, four points, including one goal and a career-best, three assists, and registered three shots and four hits in 16:12 of ice time. Three of his four points were tallied on the power play, which represents a career-high.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to improve to 16-13-2 overall, including a 12-6-1 mark at home this season. He passed Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list with his 268th career win, and is now one appearance shy of his 500th career game. Lundqvist has now allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last eight games, posting a record 5-2-1 with a 1.72 goals against average and .938 save percentage over the span.
- Brad Richards recorded two assists, including one on the power play and one on the game-winning goal, in 15:26 of ice time to earn third star honors. He has now tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games.
- Ryan McDonagh notched the eventual game-winning goal, and registered four shots in 18:07 of ice time. He has now recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in the last two games. The Rangers improved to 8-1-1 in games when he registers a point.
- John Moore tallied a goal and logged 14:09 of ice time while making his Rangers debut. He was acquired from Columbus, along with Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and a sixth round pick in 2014, earlier today in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, and Blake Parlett.
- Derek Stepan recorded an assist, three shots on goal, was credited with two blocked shots, and won a game-high, 12-21 faceoffs (57%) in 20:58 of ice time while skating in his 200th career NHL game. He has now tallied a point in 13 of the last 18 games, registering 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) over the span.
- Dan Girardi tallied a power play assist and tied for the team-high with four hits in 24:31 of ice time.
- Carl Hagelin registered two shots on goal and was credited with two takeaways in 11:59 of ice time while skating in his 100th career NHL contest.