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Rangers drop ECF rematch; Stepan resumes skating; Puck luck, and New York's start

Today's New York Rangers notes.

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Three Stars of the Week

Number three: Kevin Klein Pretty simple formula here: Score an overtime-winner in a comeback victory over a divisional rival, on the road, and net the first goal by a Rangers defenseman all season in the process, and you find yourself on the three stars list Monday morning.

Number twoRick Nash The man simply can't stop scoring goals. Nash netted the game-tying tallying in the third period against New Jersey on Tuesday night, and was just an absolute force to be reckoned with.

Number one: Chris Kreider The 23-year-old played his best game of the season on Tuesday night against the Devils, starting off the scoring on the night by potting the Rangers first power play goal of the season, and then finishing the game off with a great look to Klein.

What You Missed

Just because it's still a little difficult to believe, here's Kevin Klein scoring an actual goal in an actual NHL game. Oh, and it was a winner!

And now, let's hit the links.

In a rematch of last year's Easter Conference Final, Montreal bullied the Rangers in front of the creases, and took Saturday night's game 3-1. Some recaps. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [The Record] [Daily News] [Newsday]

Derek Stepan is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve after the November 1 game against the Jets. The injured Rangers center has begun skating on his own, although a timetable for his return is still unknown. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]

Many pointed to bad luck when it came to the Rangers 1-3 start, but there was a lot more at play. [Blueshirt Banter]

Mats Zuccarello struggled out of the gate last season, so the scoring slump he's in right now isn't exactly foreign. That doesn't make it any less frustrating for the forward, though. [Daily News]

Lee Stempniak, one of the more quiet offseason additions, is paying pretty big dividends. [Blueshirt Banter]