The most important thing to know about hockey chemistry is that it is not science. Rather it is an undefinable mixture of preparation, communication, instinct and work ethic.

Or else, perhaps it's just as Professor Artem Anisimov explained it when asked why his line featuring Derek Stepan in the middle and Marian Gaborik on the right is evolving into such a perfect union by saying, "I don't know; we just play hockey."

They play hockey with three working and thinking as one, merging their talents to create off the rush, rather than play dump-and-chase, aided immeasurably by the re-identification of Gaborik as a world-class goal-scorer after a season in which an imposter inhabited the Rangers' No. 10 jersey.