Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/2/13
NEW YORK -- Initially, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't pleased with Derek Stepan and his linemates.By the end of the night, Vigneault's assessment of his top line had changed dramatically.Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the Rangers' had their best offensive output of the season Saturday night in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes."It didn't start the way I wanted, not just the game but (Stepan's) line. Their first three shifts were totally in our end," Vigneault said. "I must've sat that line out eight, nine minutes of the first period."The trio of Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider finished with three goals and six assists, and a combined rating of plus-7."I like the way they responded," Vigneault said. "Challenged them, and they responded the right way. They went out onto the ice and had some solid puck possession shifts."That line ended up being real good for us at the end of the night after...
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