Part of the reason the Rangers traded for defenseman Bryan McCabe was the veteran’s presence on the power play and the scoring ability he presented the team with a man advantage.
Tuesday night, the Rangers got a return on their investment. McCabe scored his first goal with the Rangers on a 5-on-3 power play during the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Islanders. The goal came in McCabe’s eighth game with the Rangers.
“Against one of my former teams I started with, it was nice to get one here at home,” McCabe said. “Contribute that way and get a win.”
Before the game, Rangers coach John Tortorella said McCabe is dealing with a “hard situation” as he is not playing as much as he would like since being traded to the Rangers from Florida on Feb. 26.
Tortorella said that McCabe has helped the power play, but the coach is more comfortable using his top four defensemen on the ice and they are better suited for playing time. Still, Tortorella said he likes the way the 15-year veteran has fused with the team and how his personality meshes with the Rangers' team identity.
McCabe helped his cause Tuesday with his first power play, as he scored on a 5-on-3 advantage with 48.7 seconds left in the second period to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead. McCabe admitted it was good to finally score as a Ranger and his teammates were glad to see him get in the scoring column.
“I think guys respect him and when he’s not pounding it, he makes smart decisions and he moves the puck, he can pass the puck on his forehand or his backhand,” forward Erik Christensen said. “People respect him for how long he’s been around and what he’s capable of doing on the special teams.”