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Rangers Three Stars


JIM: I am really curious to see what kind of year Derick Brassard has this season, coming off his terrific finish and solid first-ever playoffs last spring, to go along with his all-business attitude so far in training camp. If Tuesday night was a taste of what we will see, it's going to be a big year for Brassard, who showed instant chemistry with his linemates Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot, leading the Rangers with a goal and an assist on Pouliot's game-winner. Brassard only had one shot on goal in nearly 18 minutes of ice-time, but the Rangers managed only 23 as a team the entire night, and Brass was setting up teammates left and right with his slick passing. Brassard was my number one star last night followd by Marty Biron at No. 2 and Pouliot at No. 3. Marty only faced six shots, but half of them (all against Vincent Lecavalier) required big-time stops, and his two sharp saves in the first period made sure that the game remained scoreless through 20 minutes of play. Pouliot scored the game-winning goal by going to the net and being in perfect position to cash in a pretty Brassard pass, plus he played well at both ends of the ice---his racing back to catch up to, and help break up, a Flyers 2-on-1 in the first period stands out in my mind.

1) Derick Brassard

2) Marty Biron

3) Benoit Pouliot

MATT: We're on the same page here, Jim. Like you said, Biron didn't face many shots, but they were quality ones and came at big moments in the game, either when it was still scoreless or with his team up by one goal. While the battle for the backup position is still very much alive, Biron took a big step at showing the staff he's ready to take on that responsibility again and that confidence can still be instilled in him. Brassard really picked up where he left off last year, and aside from his one goal, one assist performance, he saw the ice very well and was making plays all night. He's such an X-Factor in my book for this team, as if he can be the player he was last year — especially in the playoffs — the Rangers are a pretty deep team down the middle once everything gets sorted out. As you stated, he's developed quick chemistry with Benoit Pouliot, and it seems his strong play from last year with Mats Zuccarello has returned after the summer off. My third star, though, is Darroll Powe. I felt good for Powe to net one, his “first” goal as a Ranger. He’s a hard worker who gives it all every shift, so any time those type of players can find their names on the scoresheet is a plus.

1) Martin Biron

2) Derick Brassard

3) Darroll Powe