Marcel Goc and Drew Shore scored third-period goals, and the Florida Panthers prevented the New York Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
While Gaborik is thriving in Columbus, the Blueshirts landed a haul of their own. Derick Brassard and John Moore are flourishing under the Madison Square Garden lights.
Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
After being yo-yoed between Madison Square Garden and Connecticut for much of the season, the 21-year-old Kreider will be given the chance to force his way back into John Tortorella’s plans following the indefinite loss of forward Brian Boyle.
In the last 48 hours, the Rangers have completely revamped their team — not only for the playoff push, but moving forward for next season.
There may be Rangers fans who want to look at Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over the Penguins and say everything has been fixed. Don’t believe it for a minute.
John Tortorella’s system requires a certain type of player. The “new” deeper Rangers fit Tortorella like a glove and proved it by beating the Penguins 6-1.
Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offense just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, and New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Gaborik was dealt to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, just before the NHL’s afternoon trade deadline, for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.
Derek Stepan lifted the Rangers past the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime. The Blueshirts won 3-2 in an entertaining and controversial game.
The New York Islanders will try to prevent the Blue Jackets from a fifth straight win Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum.