A former Columbus Blue Jacket is carrying the Rangers' offense in the playoffs, but it's not the one they envisioned.

While Rick Nash, the team's blockbuster acquisition last summer, was held off the score sheet again, Derick Brassard continued his impressive postseason by scoring the only goal in the Rangers' 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. That sends the series back to Verizon Center for a deciding Game 7 tonight.

Brassard, who was acquired as part of the deadline-day, five-player deal that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus on April 3, leads the Rangers with seven points – two goals and five assists – in the series. Not bad for a 25-year-old getting his first taste of the NHL playoffs.

"It's been a lot of fun," Brassard said. "I've been in the league for five years and this is the first time in my career that it's happening. I'm having a lot of fun with the guys here. We have a good team and I like the atmosphere, the leadership that we have. I'm just trying to help out. Right now it's working. At the end of the day, we haven't won the series yet, and I'm going to try to help the team win [tonight]."

Brassard has at least one point in four consecutive games since being blanked in the first two games of the series in Washington. He had a goal and two assists to help the Rangers get back in to the series with a 4-3 victory in Game 3, and followed that up with a pair of assists in another 4-3 win in Game 4.

After setting up Brian Boyle for the Rangers' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday, he broke a 0-0 tie Sunday by scoring 9:39 into the second period.

Brassard took a pass from defenseman John Moore, initially faked a shot and moved to his left before taking a slap shot from near the left point that deflected down off the left glove of Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy in front and past goaltender Braden Holtby.