Ryane Clowe's Rangers debut went far better than he could've imagined, considering he took a red-eye flight from San Jose and slept just 30 minutes the night before Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.

The recently acquired forward, traded to the Rangers from San Jose on Tuesday, tallied two goals and added an assist to propel his new team to a 6-1 drubbing of the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It was a pretty special night, obviously," Clowe said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "It was a pretty crazy 24 hours after being traded. ... That's not exactly how I expected it to go. I couldn't imagine it going so well."

Clowe admitted to feeling some fatigue during the game -- his eyes were getting heavy in the third period -- but he said he had it easier than other guys.

Fellow new additions Derick Brassard and John Moore, acquired from Columbus in a trade on Wednesday, barely had time to say hello to new teammates before stepping onto the ice.

"At least I had a little bit of time. Those other guys who came in right before warm-up. They didn't even have time to shake hands; they had to get dressed," Clowe said.

That didn't seem to hinder any of the three newbies, though. Clowe, Brassard and Moore all scored goals and combined for eight points.

"It was a pretty wild night, but to be able to get thrown together like that and jell together was pretty special," he said.