Pavel Bure's breakaway goal in Saturday's win over the Florida Panthers was the kind of tally that only a pure goal scorer could pull out of a hat. After missing 31 games with a pair of knee surgeries, the Russian Rocket seems to be up to his old offensive tricks once again.
Saturday's goal was his 18th of the season, extending his current points streak to three games. He has also registered a point in six of his seven games since returning to the Blueshirt lineup on February 17 at Ottawa, collecting four goals and four assists over the span.
"He's a great player," said an impressed Glen Sather after the Florida win. "That breakaway goal that he scored - it was the slightest flick of the wrist and he just beats the guy. How many guys can make that play like that? He's been making them for a long time. He's exciting to watch."
Rangers forward Radek Dvorak echoed similar praises for his teammate. "Pavel's game is speed and shooting the puck. I think he is playing great right now and he knows how tough it is to come back from the knee surgery. So, you can say he's back and it's great news for us."
Definitely great news for a squad that is currently battling for their playoff lives.