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.”