Brassard: ‘This is the best I’ve felt in a long time’

Fresh off his stellar opening-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Derick Brassard has a lot to feel good about. He's been given a second chance in New York after some injury-riddled years in Columbus.

And he's making the most of it. (via

"This is the best I've felt in a long time," Brassard told "I just feel like I don't think as much on the ice here, I just play. The way we play the game and the way we manage the puck I think it fits really well with my style. They don't make me try to play another game. Why I play in the NHL is because I make plays, and now not only is my confidence high, it's the best I've felt in a long time."

Aside from Henrik Lundqvist, you can make the case that Brassard was the MVP of the opening round of the playoffs. As Torts eluded to after Game 6, its the playoffs that define a hockey player — not the regular season. Brassard is certainly making a name for himself.

Teammates have started to take notice of Brassard's improved play.

"As with all of us, his confidence has just exploded," Moore said. "You can see it, the plays he's making with some guys here and the chemistry he has formed, I think it's just his skill taking over and showing itself."

With a tough opponent n the next round looming in the Boston Bruins, all hands needs to be on deck.

– Brassard has really turned it on in the playoffs and deserves a ton of credit. The most you could ask from him was to chip in occasionally and instead has been one of the main cogs offensively. If it can continue in the next round, it's a huge bonus for the Rangers.

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