He opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the first period, and that may have been the high point for the
Stepan snapped a six-game goal drought with a goal in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Canadiens. He also picked up an assist.
Stepan has had a quiet 2017 until now -- he had just one assist in four games prior to Saturday. But the swift center does have 11 points, including four goals, in his last 10 contests. Stepan has 33 points (10 goals, 23 helpers) in 44 games and is on pace for the first 60-point season of his career.
Stepan contributed a pair of helpers in Saturday's lopsided win over Colorado.
Stepan ended 2016 with a bang, racking up four goals and nine points in his final six games of the calendar year. The center only has nine goals on the season, but he's piled up 21 helpers and is thriving on the top line with Chris Kreider. Stepan plays on the power play and is sporting a plus-14 rating, so given the fact he produces offense consistently and that the Rangers are sitting third in the Eastern Conference, Stepan makes for a safe bet in most fantasy leagues right now.
Stepan erased a 3-1 deficit with a pair of second-period goals in Tuesday's win over the Senators.
Both goals were of the hard-working type we've come to expect from Stepan. On the first, he drove to the slot and muscled a loose puck past Mike Condon right after the end of a power play; on the second, he brilliantly deflected a high-speed Mats Zuccarello shot right through the Ottawa netminder. Stepan's been on a roll lately, racking up seven points in the last four contests -- a stretch that has him on pace to clear 60 points for the first time in his career.
Stepan notched a goal, two helpers and a plus-2 rating during Friday's 7-4 loss to the Wild.
Stepan has now reached the box score in three straight, his second such streak of December. The 26-year-old has elevated his play this month, scoring three times and adding nine helpers -- two on the power play. While we're still waiting for his first goal during the man advantage, the 2008 second-round pick is seeing over two minutes of ice time during special teams and should eliminate that goose egg eventually.