Derick Brassard had two goals (1 empty netter) and three secondary assists in the Rangers win over Buffalo last night.
It was Brassard's first multi-point game since December 22 against Anaheim and the first time all season he had more than three points in a game.
He had six shots on goal and three takeaways in 19:17 of ice time.
Brassard had been scoreless in his last five games heading into last night.
He said after the game on MSG "I've been struggling the past two weeks and hopefully this will give me some confidence." (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that Brassard would be the first to admit that he had been fighting it "for a little bit longer than usual" and that it was a good for Brassard to have a night like last night. (MSG)
Vigneault added that after a disappointing performance in front of friends and family in Ottawa, "there is no doubt" that Brassard wanted to bounce back. (MSG)
Ryan McDonagh said that "it was only a matter of time" before Brassard got going and that it took him some time to rebound after his illness.
McDonagh added, "it's great to see him break through before the break and gain some confidence and understand. He knows he is an impact player for us."
Adam Rotter: It was as quiet of a five-point night as you can have, but Brassard looked a lot more like the player he needs to be than the player he has been lately. Brassard can be a little streaky but will almost certainly finish this season, barring injury, with a new career high in goals and maybe points. The Rangers will need Brassard to be big in the second half.