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A Fun Observation About Derick Brassard

I’m not sure if anyone else ever noticed this, but a while ago, I realized that Derick Brassard seemed to be the first player from the bench to reach the celebration whenever the Rangers scored an overtime goal or won a series in the playoffs. It didn’t happen every time, but it definitely occurred often enough that I would always watch the celebration extra carefully after such a game. Below are some examples I could find online:

It’s a little difficult to see Brassard in a couple of these videos, so you may need to watch them a few times to really see him.

This one is particularly tough to see, but you can just make out Brassard at the top of the screen.

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Finally, here’s Brassard racing off the bench after the Rangers beat Montreal in Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

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(pictures via @ajcastiglia and Getty)

Even though I think the trade the Rangers made on Monday was a smart move, I will miss Brassard. Consider this a short tribute to a really good Ranger who was a lot of fun to watch.

Nash Scores Twice, Rangers Even Series

48 hours after dropping Game 3 in overtime, the Rangers responded with a 5-1 win to even the Eastern Conference Final at two. The score line is a bit deceiving, as the Rangers were outplayed at even strength by a large margin. It was a good night for the Rangers’ big names; not only did Rick Nash score twice and add an assist, Martin St.Louis got his first goal of the playoffs, and Keith Yandle tallied a goal and two assists. Henrik Lundqvist also bounced back with a strong 38 save performance.

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Rangers Hold Off Caps, Force Game 7

Despite a ferocious comeback attempt by the Capitals, the Rangers managed to hold on for a 4-3 win in Game 6, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday. Chris Kreider scored twice, while Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the 3rd to make it 4-1 before the Capitals stormed back, leading to a nervy ending. Henrik Lundqvist was superb, stopping 42 of 45 shots in the victory.

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Rangers Ride Quick Start to Game 2 Victory

A two goal 1st period carried the Rangers to a narrow 3-2 victory in Game 2 of their second round series against the Washington Capitals, tying the series at one.

Recap:

The newly formed Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast line struck quickly, as Kreider gave the Rangers the lead just 38 seconds into the game. After Kreider chipped the puck into the offensive zone, Stepan made a great play to collect a long rebound off Braden Holtby’s pads and spin around to find Fast streaking towards the net. Holtby made a great save on Fast’s chance, but the puck bounced out right to Kreider for an easy goal. Read more

Power Play Struggles Sink Rangers in Game 2 Loss

Despite seven power play opportunities, the Rangers only scored one goal with the man advantage, while the Penguins capitalized on their first two power play chances en route to a 4-3 win in Game 2, tying the series at one.

Game Recap:

Derek Stepan opened the scoring with 2:55 left in the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. While some Penguins went for a line change following a long sequence of pressure by the Rangers, Ryan McDonagh carried the puck through the neutral zone before laying a pass off to J.T. Miller at the blue line. Miller then fired a beautiful cross-ice pass to a streaking Stepan, who ripped a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury’s blocker. Read more

Preview: Rangers Look to Take Commanding Lead Over Penguins

48 hours after winning Game 1, the Rangers will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Semi-Finals on Saturday night.

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