Video Of Day: Brassard Beats Pens In Overtime

Our Video Of The Day is pretty self explanatory. In one of the biggest moments so far during this postseason, Derick Brassard scored at 3:06 of the first overtime to beat the Pens. Off some great work behind the net by Benoit Pouliot, the Rangers centerman finished off a nice set up in front lifting them to a 3-2 victory in Game 1. They lead the second round series 1-0.

”I found out way later (Brassard) got the goal,” Pouliot told the Associated Press after his linemate’s winner was initially waved off. Pouliot rebounded home an Anton Stralman shot for good measure giving the Rangers two goals in sudden death. ”Good for him. We’ve been playing well against Philly and now tonight. We deserved that.”

Alain Vigneault later joked that they scored twice. But only the first one counted. Brassard’s rip catching the inside of the cross bar top shelf before coming out. For the Rangers, the end result was the same. After blowing a two-goal lead, they came away with an important win. Thanks to the combination of Brassard, Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello, who were instrumental on two of their three goals including the winner.

”Since Christmas they’ve probably been our most consistent line,” Vigneault praised. ”They’ve got real good chemistry. They read off one another and support one another well and … they scored two in overtime.”

Game 2 is Sunday night with Game 3 Monday with the series shifting to MSG a day earlier due to the Liberty game. Despite having to play the first three games in four days, Pouliot emphasized what this time of year is all about.

”Yeah we played seven games and the seventh one was a grueling match but I think most of us have been through it,” Pouliot said. ”It’s the NHL and you have to find a way and we did.”

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Video Of Day: Brassard Beats Pens In Overtime

  1. hasan4978 says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a double goal like that before in a playoff OT.

    Honestly I changed my pre-playoff prediction after seeing the Pens finish their series against Columbus on their knees, I thought your team would win the series going in. It was huge they got Game 1 with the back-to-back on the tail end of a 6-in-9 coming up..


  2. Derek Felix says:

    It was bizarre. I guess fitting since they never win in playoff OT. The Pens so dominated the 2nd that it was scary. The Rangers were giving them too much space. If they continue to back in, that won’t work. My Dad is probably the most realistic fan. He also is never optimistic but picked our side in 7. That back-to-back is critical. Obviously, whoever wins tomorrow will gain a lot of momentum into Game 3. As you know, this team has a record streak up to 12 when leading a series. I’m curious to see if they come out with more purpose. At some point, it’s got to give.


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