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For the first three games, this line consisted of Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.
By the end, the line consisted of Nash, Brassard and Chris Kreider. In Game 4, Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard switched. In fact, that's when this line had the most success.
Zuccarello is a creative, intriguing player but he was a bit overwhelmed on the second line and played better when he was moved to the third line.
After nine points in the first round, Brassard only had three points in the second round. While he was probably the Rangers' most consistent player, he also didn't produce a lot in this round.
Rick Nash, of course, scored just one goal. His failure to score throughout the entire playoffs is a big reason the Rangers struggled so much to generate offense.
The line saw a boost when Chris Kreider joined, and he proved that he can still be an offensive threat. However, by the time he was moved to the line in Game 4, it was too late.
The line did see a lot of Zdeno Chara, which did not help. But Nash was never able to get any real quality scoring chances. That hurt the team a lot.
The team would have benefited by switching to a line of Nash, Stepan and Kreider earlier than the third period of Game 4. Nash and Stepan are a perfect fit, and it's likely that this will be a line starting next season.
But it should've happened earlier and the failure to make that change really hurt the team.
While it scored a game-winning, overtime goal, this line only deserves a D+.