Center Brad Richards recorded his first career hat trick Friday night while playing in his 896th career game. He finished with four shots and nine faceoff wins in 14:17 of ice time. He has four goals and one assist in the back-to-back set Thursday and Friday.
It was Richards' first multi-goal game of the season and first since March 13, 2012 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"It was a weird night, in a good way," Richards said after the game. "I'm just trying to stay with it, plug away … sometimes the game treats you in weird ways."
Nash Keeps Rolilng
Forward Rick Nash picked up a goal and an assist in 16:11 of ice time. He has 12 points in April, including five points his last two games. He leads the Rangers with 40 points, and his team-leading 19 goals is 9th in the NHL.
Clowe Back in the Goal Column
Forward Ryane Clowe finished with a goal and an assist in 15:20 of icetime. The goal was his first since he scored two in his Rangers debut on April 3 against the Penguins. He has seven points in nine games as a Ranger.
"It was one of the weirdest games," Clowe said. "You were putting pucks on the net and they were going in. It was a wild one. I don't know if I've even ever been a part of a game with that many goals before."
Step Continues Torrid Pace
Forward Derek Stepan tallied two assists in 18:50 of ice time, and now has 29 points in his last 26 games, including 13 points in his last 10 games. It was his fifth multi-assist game of the season, and first since he had three on March 26 against the Flyers.
Cally Scores Close to Home
Captain Ryan Callahan picked up an unassisted goal, four shots and a plus-2 rating in 18:02 of ice time against the Sabres. He has nine points in his last 10 games. His 12 goals are third on the Rangers.