Stanley Cup Playoffs: 2nd Round Breakout Stars

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During the Stanley Cup Playoffs the outcome of an entire series can be affected by the performance of one player. Sure, team chemistry, special teams, and depth play just as big of a role, but one player can change everything for his team. In this post, we will take a look at three breakout stars in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Derick Brassard

May 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Stats:

GP: 13   G:4   A:3    P:7

Brassard’s arrival in New York City was largely overshadowed by Rick Nash, who arrived in the same trade between the Rangers and the Blue Jackets. Since then, he has proven to be a crucial part of the New York Rangers scoring depth. Like the rest of the Rangers lineup, things got off to a slow start in the second round against the Penguins, but Brassard has led the Rangers resurgence in Games 5 and 6 of the series. He had five shots in Game 5, scored twice and added an assist to the score sheet. He followed that up with a goal in Game 6 that gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead.

Brassard has grown as a player since being traded from Columbus and has proven he will play a big role in their offense in the future.

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