Canucks 5 - Rangers 0: Points Per Game

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Three Stars

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In any game a team loses 5-0, you’d be hard pressed to find stars, but there were certainly some bright spots for the Rangers, namely the play of defenseman John Moore. While Marc Staal has been the team’s best blueliner throughout the exhibition season, Moore has also showed what he can bring to the table through his speed and vision on the ice. Under Alain Vigneault’s puck possession system, Moore and his fellow defensemen have the freedom to carry the puck up the ice, and Moore has taken advantage of that throughout the preseason games he’s played in. The 22-year-old finished with four shots and an even rating in 17:17 of ice time. Another youngster, Jesper Fast, also had a strong game as he continues to make a case to find his name on the opening night roster. He’s just so calm with the puck and never seems to panic under pressure. One of the things that impresses me the most is he plays bigger than he is, as he never shies away from contact or finishing his checks. My final star was Derek Dorsett, who showed he’s ready to be the team’s protector once the season begins. Some have questioned whether the Rangers have that toughness from a few years back, and I think Dorsett fills that hole well.