Derek 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.
Derek 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 New York 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.
Derek 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 New York 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).
Derek 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 New York 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.
The pair of primary helpers contributed to the