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