Derrick Brassard had a goal and an assist, and newcomer Benoit Pouliot also scored to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, giving Alain Vigneault his first win behind New York's bench.
"They both, I thought, played to their strength," Vigneault said of Brassard and Pouliot. "They moved the puck, they used their speed. They had some quality chances, they even had some real good chances on the power play. There seems to be a little chemistry there and hopefully it's going to continue to improve."
Brassard, acquired last season in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus, broke a scoreless tie 1:10 into the second period when his wrist shot beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason.
Maxime Talbot and Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia. Mason stopped 20 of 23 shots.
"Yeah, this was a good night. It's getting better the more you go along, but obviously it's difficult only playing a half game before this," Mason said. "But to get a full game in tonight and get back into the routine, it feels good."
Darroll Powe scored for New York and won five of eight faceoffs. Pouliot's goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came 5:30 into the third period. Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath picked up an assist.
Martin Biron stopped all six shots he faced for the Rangers. Cam Talbot relieved him and stopped 10 of 12 shots.
"My only sense of urgency tonight was showing a new coaching staff what I can do," Biron said.