Video Of Day: Brassard scores first career playoff hat trick


Entering a do or die Game 6, Rangers center Derick Brassard knew he had to be better. In fact, he and Derek Stepan were challenged by coach Alain Vigneault. Both responded with stellar efforts. Even though Stepan didn’t register a point, he was chippy going after Steven Stamkos following an unpenalized hit from behind on Ryan McDonagh.

But it was Brassard who responded with a big performance recording his first career playoff hat trick to go with two helpers en route to a five-point night highlighting the Rangers’ 7-3 win over the Lightning forcing Game 7 at MSG on Friday. Along with cohesive linemates J.T. Miller (1-3-4) and Rick Nash (1-3-4), they dominated the Bolts combining for five goals and eight assists in the Blueshirts’ big win.

With the three goals and two assists, Brassard takes over the team lead in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. Big Game Brass delivered.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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