Secondary scoring has been a sore spot for the Rangers in the early part of this season, but last night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, they saw what it could be like when they get goals from anyone besides their mega-line. In a 3-2 win over the Lightning, the Rangers got goals from Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, both their first of the season, with the third of their unit, Taylor Pyatt, assisting on both. "We built a little chemistry tonight and it was great," Stepan said. "Taylor seems to be able to hold onto pucks on the wall more than I've ever seen, and Carl is on the puck before anyone else can get to it. So it seems to be kind of a good mix right now." Going back to last season's playoffs, it was the first goal for Stepan in 21 games and the first for Hagelin in 36. "It was good to help the team win," said Hagelin, whose goal in the third period turned out to be the game-winner. "It's always nice to score goals, but the most important thing to take out of this game is how the team played." Though the bottom two lines did very little — and played very little — it was the second line that made those worries disappear for a least one night. "It feels good to get the monkey off the back," Stepan said.
Blueshirts' second line enjoys first-rate outing
New York Post | Feb 3