Derick Brassard notched a power play goal and added two assist in 16:29 of ice time in Game 3. His assist on Brian Boyle’s goal was his first postseason point. He made his playoff debut in Game 1 of this series.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brassard became the first Ranger since Sergei Zubov in 1994 to score three points while making their Madison Square Garden postseason debut. Like Brassard, Zubov posted one goal and two assists in his debut, which came on April 17, 1994 against the New York Islanders.
Boyle Picks Up First Goal of Postseason
Forward Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the playoffs in his second game. He later added an assist and won a game-high 14-of-21 faceoffs (67 percent) in 20:42 of ice time. The two points is a career postseason-high. The goal was Boyle’s first playoff tally since Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators last season, while icetime was the most he’s recorded since Game 4 against the Capitals last season.
Stepan Gets Game-Winner
Derek Stepan scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 with 6:25 remaining in the third period. He finished with three shots in 23:57 of ice time. It was his second career playoff goal and first game-winner. The goal extended Stepan’s point streak at Madison Square Garden to eight games, during which he’s scored six goals and five assists.
Zuccarello Notches First Playoff Points
Mats Zuccarello registered two assists, and in the process, picked up his first postseason point in the NHL. He finished Game 3 with 11:13 of ice time.
Asham Scores Big Goal
Forward Arron Asham scored his 10th career playoff goal, and first as a Ranger, in the third period of Game 3. He finished with two hits in 6:31 of ice time. It was his first playoff goal since April 20, 2011 when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers are the fourth team Asham has scored a playoff goal for.