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Brassard Picks Up Assist In Canada Win On Friday

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

Derick Brassard, who was the Rangers second-leading scorer in 2015-16 with 58 points, earned an assist Friday in Canada's 5-1 victory over the United States at the 2016 World Championships in Russia.

With Canada trailing 1-0 early in the first period, Brassard earned the primary assist on Taylor Hall's tying goal at 5:25--thirty-one seconds after the United States had opened the scoring. Stationed behind Team USA's net, Brassard accepted the puck from teammate Cory Perry before quickly dishing to the side of the net where Hall beat goaltender Keith Kinkaid.

Brassard was a +2 in the tournament-opening victory for Canada and also recorded one shot on goal. This is the second time in Brassard's career he has represented his country in tournament play--the first since playing for Canada's silver medal-winning squad at the 2005 U18 World Championships.

Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei played for Team USA in Friday's defeat. The 22 year-old, who just completed his first professional season, recorded two shots on goal on Friday.

This is Skjei's third-time wearing the United States sweater in international play. He represented his country in the 2014 World Junior Championships and helped Team USA secure the gold medal at the 2012 U18 World Juniors.

Three other members of the Rangers organization are also participating in the 2016 World Championships, which run through May 22. Mats Zuccarello, who led the Rangers with a career-high 61 points this season, is playing for Norway, which will open up its schedule Saturday against Rangers forward prospect Nicklas Jensen and Denmark. Defenseman Raphael Diaz is playing for Switzerland, which begins play tomorrow against Kazakhstan.

Skjei and the United States are right back at it tomorrow facing Belarus. Brassard and Team Canada are off until Sunday when they face Hungary.

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