The New York Rangers (16-15-3) were looking to make some big moves before the April 3 trade deadline.
And they were successful.
Already having obtained left winger Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks for three draft picks, the Rangers made the decision to move one of their biggest stars, Marian Gaborik.
They sent Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Derek Dorsett, John Moore and Derick Brassard.
With a game against the NHL's hottest team, the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-10-0), later that night, the newcomers had to hurry to Madison Square Garden to be there in time for the game. They got there just in time before warm ups.
However, the late arrival time did not have a negative effect on the newest Rangers as they had an immediate impact on the game.
Just passed the midway point of the first period, Brad Richards slapped a power-play goal past Pittsburgh net minder Marc-Andre Fleury for the first goal of the game. Getting an assist on this goal was newcomer Brassard.
Two minutes later another first was scored: Clowe assisted on a Ryan McDonagh goal, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Shortly after that, Clowe notched his first goal as a Ranger on a backhander that he put in on the far-side of the net around a sprawling Fleury.
Even with a 3-0 lead after the first period, the Rangers and their newcomers still weren't satisfied.
Brassard opened the second stanza with a power-play goal just 1:53 into the period. This was his first goal as a Ranger, giving the Blueshirts a commanding 4-0 lead. The Penguins quickly answered with a goal from Pascal Dupuis, bringing the Ranger's lead back down to three.
At the 11:52 mark of the second period, Clowe added his second goal of the game and the fifth for the Rangers.
In the third period, another newcomer banged in his first goal as a Rangers. John Moore ripped a slap shot past Fleury from the top of the left circle, extending the Rangers' lead to 6-1 which ended up being the final score.
Rangers' goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, made 26 saves in the victory, lifting the Rangers from ninth place to seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points.
The Rangers, and their new players, need to keep the the pedal to the metal if they want to see a playoff birth in this shortened season.
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