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Newcomers Clowe and Brassard power Rangers to 6-1 rout of Penguins in their debut in New York

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Newcomers Clowe and Brassard power Rangers to 6-1 rout of Penguins in their debut in New York

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offence just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, and New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a surprisingly dominant 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Clowe came to New York on Tuesday night in a trade with San Jose, and Brassard was part of the package New York received on Wednesday in the deal that sent star forward Marian Gaborik to Columbus right before the NHL trade deadline.

Clowe scored two goals — after netting none for the Sharks in 28 games this season — and added an assist, and Brassard had a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who scored three times in the first period and never looked back. Brian Boyle and defenceman Ryan McDonagh added goals, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in the Rangers' highest-scoring game of the season.

Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins, who lost for the second consecutive night after 15 consecutive victories.

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