Monday night, as the Rangers engaged the Devils in a playoff-type game at The Garden, it was a rookie who led the Blueshirts to their 2-0 victory. And with a goal and an assist---his second straight two-point outing---Carl Hagelin was honored after the game with the Broadway Hat.
"I have never been to the playoffs yet, but I can assume that it's very similar to how we played (Monday)---very tight with not a lot of chances," explained Hagelin, who has 11 goals and 27 points in 43 games this season. "We worked hard, tried to grind it down low without making many mistakes. It's a big win any time you play a close game like this, and play the Devils, get a shutout."
Rangers head coach John Tortorella once again praised Hagelin after the game, and also emphasized that he is pleased with the development of the rookie's all-around game, too.
"He still has some work to do, but he's getting there," Tortorella said of Hagelin. "He blocked a shot (Monday night) and I thought he was dead! But that's the part of the game that takes time, and we understand that. But he has made strides in the grinding part of the game. But everywhere I have put him, he has made a difference."