WASHINGTON - With a rocket that blew past Capitals netminder Braden Holtby on the power play Saturday, Derick Brassard set career highs in goals (19) and points (60).
"It's always nice as a player to reach some of the goals you set for yourself," he said. "I had the chance to play with some really good players this season, but it's behind me now."
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Brassard, who signed a five-year, $25-million contract extension last summer, had 45 points last season and was 6-6-12 in 23 playoff games. "I think the experience of last year's playoffs is going to help the team, and me," he said.
Nash is well rested
Rick Nash, who was rested for the second straight game, finished with a team-leading 42 goals and 69 points. Nash, who had missed only one previous game this season, will be ready for the start of the playoffs. In 41 career playoff games, 25 of which came last season, Nash has five goals and 13 assists.
St. Louis in fine form
Looking the quickest he's been since coming back from a sprained knee, Martin St. Louis had two assists and finished the season with 52 points. St. Louis did not appear to be as mobile in the first few games since missing eight. It was his first multi-point game since March 14.
Fourth-line center Dominic Moore, with a top-shelf backhander that squeezed between Braden Holtby and the crossbar, plus an unselfish assist on Jesper Fast's empty-netter, has heated up in the last six games with four goals and two assists . . . Keith Yandle played in his 84th game (counting his time with Arizona). He is only the eighth player to do so since 1995-96 . . . Dan Girardi, Moore and Carl Hagelin were the only Rangers to skate in all 82 games. This is the first time that five Rangers defensemen have collected at least 20 points in the same season since 1984-85. Ryan McDonagh had 32, Kevin Klein 26 and Marc Staal, Dan Boyle and Girardi had 20 each.