After an extended scoring drought, the Rangers’ offense was revitalized in back-to-back games by posting a combined seven goals — two more than they managed in their previous four contests combined.

Rick Nash’s return certainly played a significant role in the four goals the Blueshirts notched in Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Lightning, and the power play has begun to show signs of life.

The formation of the grinding, blue-collar Ryan Callahan-Derek Stepan-Taylor Pyatt line shouldn’t be underscored, either. Of the seven goals in the past two games, the newly formed troika accounted for three — one from each member of the new unit — and it consistently has maintained pressure in the opposition’s zone with an aggressive forecheck, an affinity to win battles all over the ice and an ability to cycle the puck.