The New York Rangers got immediate results for their late-season overhaul.
Newcomers Derick Brassard, Ryane Clowe and John Moore combined to score four goals and four assists as the Rangers blasted the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1.
Those fellows had no time to get acclimated to coach John Tortorella or his system. They just went out and tore up the first-place Penguins on the ice.
“Throws coaching right out the window, huh?” Tortorella quipped afterward.
The hulking Clowe didn’t score a goal all season for the San Jose Sharks. Then he scored twice during his remarkable debut for the Rangers.
“It feels good to get the monkey off the back overall,” Clowe told the New York Post. “I don’t know if it was the no sleep, but there was no pressure because you’re just going out there and playing free. Overall, the guys looked pretty loose and it was good.”
The roster changes seemed to spark the Rangers, who have sputtered all season to Tortorella’s chagrin. Perhaps getting rid of slumping winger Marian Gaborik was all the team needed to do.
“Just to have a couple new faces in the room, it changes the dynamic in here,” goaltender Henrik Lundqvist told the Post. “On the ice is one thing, but off the ice, it’s going to change too. So hopefully this can help us.
“We were definitely more in-your-face type of team today. We didn’t give them a lot of room. A lot of great things.”