In the Rangers first three home games this past week, the line of Derek Stepan between Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey had:
- Rick Nash: 1 goal, 9 shots on goal, a minus one rating and 16:20 per game
- Derek Stepan: 1 assist, 5 shots on goal, minus one rating and 18:20 per game
- Jimmy Vesey: 5 shots on goal, minus one rating and 14:29 per game.
On Saturday, Rick Nash converted a Derek Stepan pass 5:36 into the third period to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Derek Stepan said that he felt that his line had played better in the Rangers first three home games than they did on Saturday but were not rewarded. (Game Notes)
He added though that on Saturday, "Rick finds a way to score a huge goal for us in a big game and that's something Rick is good at." (Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said that the line struggled early on but that they put some good shifts together in the third and that at the "right time" they scored a goal. (MSG)
Vigneault said that he hopes this will give confidence to that line. (MSG)