JIM: It is not often Henrik Lundqvist fits into this category, but in my opninion he was the Rangers Unsung Hero Saturday night; and what happened when he came off the bench in relief of Marty Biron may just be what he needs to get his game back on track, which is so vital for the Blueshirts. Not expecting to play, Lundqvist was thrust in there for the final 20 minutes and was quite simply spectacular, stopping 16 of 17 shots as the exhausted Rangers ran out of steam in the final ten minutes, especially, of the game. Yes he allowed a weird power play goal, and yes the Rangers still lost the game, but Lundqvist gave the Rangers hope of a comeback--especially after Callahan's second goal made it 4-3 early in the third. His reactions were spot-on, his positioning was excellent, and best of all Lundqvist looked confident between the pipes. As he told me after the game, "The key was less thinking, more reacting." This should be a boost for him moving forward.
MATT: I didn't use him in the three stars, so I'll take him here. I thought last night was probably Derick Brassard's best game of the young season. He showed poise with the puck and as always, he saw the ice very well, especially on the power play, where he had an assist. His other helper came on Brad Richards' goal, and while he may not have been thinking it, his low backhand shot was perfect for a rebound opportunity that Richards buried. As I stated earlier, the Rangers are desperate for secondary scoring, and Brassard has to be one of the guys who provides it moving forward.