JIM: There were several Rangers who stood out in a subtle way last night, but my pick for Unsung Hero was rugged forward Micheal Haley. He continues to prove he is no longer that one-dimensional fighter who started his career on Long Island. Haley is smarter than you'd expect out there, is reliable defensively, and certainly brings an edge with him every shift. Tuesday night Haley played more than 13 minutes of solid two-way hockey, getting in on the forecheck consistently, and back into his own end to keep the Flyers at bay, while helping generate energy with linemates Derek Dorsett and Dom Moore. Haley also made a simply gorgeous pass from behind the goal line in the first period to Moore cutting to the net that nearly led to Moore's second goal in as many games. That play showed the best of Haley: outhustling the defenseman to a puck dumped into the corner, and then turning it into a scoring chance with a sweet pass. Certainly a strong first impression from Haley---who also was 2-0 in the faceoff circle---last night in Philly.
MATT: I really liked Haley's game — that pass to Moore was fantastic — but my guy was Connor Allen, who appeared in his first "NHL" game. He showed poise with the puck all night and just plays a sound, simple game. Head coach Alain Vigneault seemed to trust him out there, as he logged 20:27 of ice time, which trailed only the NHL regulars in Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. Allen picked up an assist on Powe's goal late in the second period and added a blocked shot. On top of that, Allen is a big body who can also skate, which no team can ever have enough of.