Stepan found twine twice and fired a game-high seven shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1. Despite the losing effort, Stepan carried his late-season hot streak into the postseason, as he now has 17 points over his last 11 games. The Minnesota native is expected to continue to be a key cog in the Blueshirts' attack and will need to keep producing if they hope to take down the high-flying Penguins.
Stepan pushed his goal total to a career-high 22 in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Lightning, scoring twice -- one on the power play -- and adding an assist. He may not be known for his sniping, but those were two goal-scorer's goals -- a laser over Andrei Vasilevskiy's shoulder from the left circle on the man advantage, then a nearly identical shot from the right circle. Those two tallies deflated the Lightning while bringing the Rangers back from a 2-0 deficit to a 2-2 tie, and he completed the trifecta by assisting on Chris Kreider's game-winner soon after. Thanks to his current run of 14 points in eight games, Stepan's now cleared 50 points for the third consecutive season.
Stepan scored a goal and tallied an assist in Monday's 4-2 win over Columbus. Stepan has been lighting it up over his last seven games, rattling off 11 points. With Monday's tally, he actually joined the 20-goal club for the first time since his rookie season back in 2010-11, which is an encouraging sign heading into the postseason for a Rangers squad that lacks a true superstar forward. Through 69 games, Stepan has 49 points, which is third on the Blueshirts behind Mats Zuccarello (59) and Derick Brassard (58).
Stepan scored a goal on four shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres. Don't look now, but Stepan is lighting up the box score down the stretch for the Rangers. The 25-year-old owns three markers -- two on the power play -- and six helpers (three on the man advantage) in his last six outings. While the even rating is a far cry from last seasons's plus-26, not all is lost, as the center sits just three shy of a third consecutive 50-point campaign.
Stepan recorded two assists (one on the power play) and four shots on goal Thursday in a 4-3 road loss to Carolina. The pair of primary helpers contributed to the Rangers building a 3-2 lead in the second period, which they then blew in the final frame. This has been a down campaign overall for the Minnesotan pivot, but Stepan's lit on fire recently, ripping off eight points in the last five games, so he's in the process of ending the regular season on a high note.
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