Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored their first goals of the season last night and provided the Rangers an alternative to relying entirely on the Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Rick Nash line.
Hagelin, Stepan and Taylor Pyatt combined for nine shots and a significant amount of 18-19 minutes they were on the ice in the offensive zone.
Dave Maloney, on Hockey Night Live, credited Carl Hagelin with providing the spark for that line and the Rangers offense, “I thought that Carl Hagelin dictated the pace of the line. He created opportunities for Derek Stepan to get involved. They had the puck a lot.”
Hagelin told Andrew Gross, “The way we played today is the way we need to play if we want to be successful.”
On what made that line work, Hagelin said on HNL that they were aggressive and, “it’s a lot easier playing in their zone and we got a lot of confidence playing there.”
Derek Stepan told the NY Post, “we built a little chemistry tonight and it was great. Taylor seems to be able to hold onto pucks on the wall more than I’ve ever seen, and Carl is on the puck before anyone else can get to it. So it seems to be kind of a good mix right now.”