New York, NY (Sports Network) - After trading away their primary goal scorer from the previous three seasons, the New York Rangers put up their highest offensive output of the year with plenty of help from few of his replacements.
Ryane Clowe scored two goals and assisted on another in a dazzling Rangers debut, while Derick Brassard delivered a four-point night just hours after being acquired by the club to help New York register a 6-1 rout of the suddenly slumping Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
Brassard, one of three players who came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik during Wednesday's trade deadline, tallied once and recorded three assists in New York's first six-goal effort of the season. Defenseman John Moore, also part of the Gaborik deal, lit the lamp as well in his first outing as a Ranger.
Brian Boyle also racked up a goal and three helpers for New York, which was coming off another strong performance in Monday's 4-2 home victory over Winnipeg, while Henrik Lundqvist turned back 26-of-27 shots.
Clowe, brought in by the Rangers in a trade with San Jose on Tuesday, didn't have a single goal in 28 games with the Sharks, but played an instrumental role for his new club as New York dealt the Penguins a second straight setback following a 15-game winning streak that was halted with Monday's 4-1 home loss to Buffalo.
Both of those defeats came without the services of star center Sidney Crosby, sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw sustained over the weekend.
Pascal Dupuis scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, which received 33 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury in the loss.