After Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers put on one of their most impressive offensive displays of the season, all they could do was tout their defense, grit and hustle.
Stepan scored twice, including a pretty coast-to-coast goal just after the Rangers killed a penalty, and New York beat the Florida Panthers 6-1 on Sunday night for as comprehensive-looking a win as New York has enjoyed all season. It came a night after the Rangers won in Buffalo, too.
Both teams actually played three games in four nights, though the Panthers had Saturday night off. Not that it showed.
''They looked a little tired,'' New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. ''We looked really fast.''
Stepan also assisted on Marian Gaborik's goal late in the second period that made it 5-1 and seemed to take what spring remained out of the Panthers. New York looked nothing like a team playing for the second night in a row, putting away the Panthers for its fourth win in six games and giving the Rangers nine out of...