NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard can thank minor-league defenseman Chris Summers for playing a role in his recent hot streak.
Brassard has three goals and four assists in four games since he's been using the Easton sticks Summers left behind after the Rangers sent him to Hartford of the American Hockey League prior to the season.
Center - NYR
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 10
SOG: 16 | +/-: 6
Brassard had one goal and two assists in eight games prior to discovering Summers' sticks in the Rangers' stick room at their practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.
"They were in the stick room and I was looking for something a little lighter, so I've been using them and it's gone pretty well so far," Brassard said. "It's got my old curve too."
Brassard wouldn't divulge the reason why he wanted to use a lighter stick. But it's working and he won't change now. He said he ordered new sticks, same brand, weight, style and curve, and they should be arriving shortly, possibly in time for the Rangers' game against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Friday.
"With sticks I'm special," Brassard said. "Me and [Mats Zuccarello], we try to change curves and stuff like that all the time. Our trainer [equipment manager Acacio Marques] is pretty good with that. I just try to find the right fit. When you have a good stick in your hands and you're feeling well you end up playing better."
Brassard said the curve on Summers' sticks is the same curve he used during his first two NHL seasons, so there is some familiarity with it. He said he had to cut the sticks down a bit to fit him, and he scratches out Summers' name on the stick as a favor to the training staff.
He said he found the sticks because he went searching for something new a few weeks ago. Brassard said Summers left them behind because he has to use Reebok-CCM sticks in the AHL. He added that Summers does not know he's using the sticks.