Derick Brassard tallied two goals and three assists as the Rangers pulled away from a tie game early in the 3rd period and beat Buffalo, 6-3, Monday night at The Garden. After a flat performance in a 3-0 loss at Ottawa Sunday, the Blueshirts showed energy and urgency from the start Monday, and have won 3 of their last 4, and 5 of 8.
The five points for Brassard were a career-high.
The Blueshirts entered the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead, on goals from Dylan McIlrath [at 5:58 of the 1st], and Viktor Stalberg [at 14:52 of the 2nd]. Brassard’s goal, 1:06 into the 3rd] made it 3-1.
The Sabres tied it when Zemgus Girgensons scored twice in a 73-second span. But the Rangers responded, with goals by the recently white-hot J.T. Miller [at 6:44] and Mats Zuccarello [a power play goal, at 9:23] to make it 5-3. Miller now has five goals in his last six games. Zuccarello’s goal came off a perfect cross-ice pass by Derek Stepan. And both goals included assists by Brassard.
Brassard would add an empty-net goal with 36 seconds to play for the final 6-3 margin.
Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, in his 22nd win of the season.
The Rangers [now 27-17-5, 59 pts] are off until February 2nd, when they play the Devils in Newark.