The New York Rangers got just the offensive lift they were looking for when they pulled off a big trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
No, not the deal that brought Rick Nash to Broadway, but the key move just before the trade deadline that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus for a package of players that included Derick Brassard.
Nash recorded his first playoff point with the Rangers when he set up Derek Stepan for the winning goal of New York's 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night - but the rest of the night belonged to Brassard, Nash's former and current teammate.
Those performances were enough to cut the Rangers' deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven, first-round series that continues with Game 4 on Wednesday night.
New York managed only one goal in the first two games of the series, a pair of losses in Washington. Brassard scored once on Monday and had two assists to breathe life back into the Rangers' previously dormant offense.
''The fact that we came back...