Trade deadline additions Clowe, Brassard and Moore stand out in Rangers' 6-1 win
For one night, at least, call them the rejuvenated Rangers.
Trade-deadline additions Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore combined for four goals and eight points in their Rangers debuts, injecting offense and tenacity into the lowest-scoring team in the NHL.
Clowe, the winger who had not scored in 28 games before being acquired from the Sharks on Tuesday, beat Marc-Andre Fleury twice and Brassard, who arrived from Columbus minutes before warmups after the trade of Marian Gaborik, had a goal and three assists.
The pair scored two of the three power-play goals, the first time that the Rangers (18-15-3), who climbed into a tie for seventh place in the East, reached that mark. And Moore, a 22-year-old defenseman, scored on a slap shot at 9:47 of the third period for his first goal.
"It's crazy, it was wild," said Clowe, 30, who had arrived on a red-eye flight from California. "And those guys [Brassard and Moore] got here just before warm-ups. It's what I was talking about with Brassard. Sometimes you just go play. I didn't expect to have that much offensive input the first game, but I didn't want to ease into it."
Brassard, 25, a center who played 12:54 and won 11 of 15 faceoffs, thought along the same lines. "Honestly, when you don's think during the day and you just show up, sometimes you play your best game," he said. "You just jump out there and make plays. I'm going to remember this the rest of my life, for sure."
The Rangers scored three goals in the first, and Clowe, who played 15:22 with five shots and four hits, had one of them -- his first goal of the season on his 68th shot. Derek Stepan dug out the puck and fed him at 14:19.
Brian Boyle, the subject of trade rumors, tipped in Brad Richards' shot on the power play at 10:01 of the first to make it 1-0. "The new guys gave us a spark -- more than a spark," said Boyle, who also had three assists. "Brassard was making pretty sneaky plays, you have to be ready because he'll put in on your stick."
Ryan McDonagh blasted another Richards pass past Fleury at 12:19 for a 2-0 lead before Clowe's first strike.
Leading 3-0 in the second, Brassard grabbed a rebound in the slot and roofed a backhander for his eighth goal and second point at 1:54 for a 4-0 lead.
Clowe didn't miss on the doorstep with the Rangers on the power play midway through the second when Brassard slid over a no-look pass for his second assist and third point for a 5-1 lead.
"For all three to go out and play a game like that, it's just impressive," Lundqvist said.