New York, NY (Sports Network) - After trading away their primary goal scorer
from the previous three seasons, the New York Rangers put up their highest
offensive output of the year with plenty of help from few of his replacements.
Ryane Clowe scored two goals and assisted on another in a dazzling Rangers
debut, while Derick Brassard delivered a four-point night just hours after
being acquired by the club to help New York register a 6-1 rout of the
suddenly slumping Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
Brassard, one of three players who came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in
exchange for three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik during Wednesday's trade
deadline, tallied once and recorded three assists in New York's first six-goal
effort of the season. Defenseman John Moore, also part of the Gaborik deal,
lit the lamp as well in his first outing as a Ranger.
Brian Boyle also racked up a goal and three helpers for New York, which was
coming off another strong performance in Monday's 4-2 home victory over
Winnipeg, while Henrik Lundqvist turned back 26-of-27 shots.
Clowe, brought in by the Rangers in a trade with San Jose on Tuesday, didn't
have a single goal in 28 games with the Sharks, but played an instrumental
role for his new club as New York dealt the Penguins a second straight setback
following a 15-game winning streak that was halted with Monday's 4-1 home loss
Both of those defeats came without the services of star center Sidney Crosby,
sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw sustained over the weekend.
Pascal Dupuis scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, which received 33 saves
from Marc-Andre Fleury in the loss.
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