Rick Nash celebrates goal vs Flyers
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It was a nice rebound week for the New York Rangers with some big players coming out of their scoring funks.

The New York Rangers rebounded nicely this week against lesser opponents forcing fans to stop panicking.

Fans were right to panic considering the fact that the Blueshirts looked pedestrian coming out of their bye week. They put forth a solid effort in two of the three games they played this week which has kept their playoff position in good standing.

This week saw some of the Rangers big names step their game up and break out of some scoring droughts and they highlight this week’s three stars.

3. Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh has been having a quiet season offensively, but he’s starting to break out.

McDonagh will be riding a four-game point streak when the Rangers take the ice Sunday night in Los Angeles. It doesn’t feel like it considering the fact that the Rangers captain has yet to score his first goal of the season. He had seven goals last season.

The defensive side of McDonagh’s game has been weak and his game offensively has been practically nonexistent But the good news is that appears that he’s starting to turn a corner. The Rangers can only hope so because the road from here on out will not be an easy one.

2. Pavel Buchnevich

Pavel Buchnevich is not a fourth line player anymore.

After making his return from being a healthy scratch prior to the bye week, Pavel Buchnevich has been on a tear.

He is currently riding a three-game point streak, recording four points during that span. It’s nice to see Buchnevich getting results considering how much potential the 22-year-old winger has. The Rangers need him to step up with Chris Kreider sidelined and, this week, Buchnevich has been up to the challenge.

1. Rick Nash

It’s starting to get “Nashty” again in Rangerstown.

This season hasn’t been an easy one for Rick Nash. Despite getting quality scoring chances, he found himself scoring just two goals in 19 games. This week he broke out, and in a big way.

Nash put up five points in three games, including four goals this week. He and Pavel Buchnevich have appeared to find some chemistry playing on a line with Mika Zibanejad. He is a streaky player and perhaps he is on the cusp of a nice, long goal-scoring streak.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.