JIM: Like the three star selections, picking an unsung hero from the Rangers' 2-0 win in Washington is not an easy choice because so many players contributed in subtle ways to the victory. I thought Dom Moore played his best game of the season, John Moore scored a goal and had five shots on net, Derek Dorsett made his presence felt all night while playing a really smart game. But in the end I am choosing Ryan McDonagh, who faced Alex Ovechkin's line most of the night and did another fantastic job keeping Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson off the scoreboard. Of course this is a group effort---and Dan Girardi deserves bouquets, as well, here---but McDonagh really stood out in my eyes---not to mention his team-high 25:14 to go along with an assist and a plus-two plus/minus mark. SEveral players can say this about their game last night, but Wednesday was Ryan McDonagh's best night of the season, so far.
MATT: It's no secret that Dan Girardi has had a tough start to the 2013-14 season, but last night I thought he looked great, as he seemed to get back to being the player he's been over the last several seasons. Yes, that includes blocking shots, of which he had four. The defense thus far has been a collective challenge, but the team seemed to turn the corner on Saturday against the Blues and it continued Wednesday, and Girardi was a big reason for that. He's so steady back there by just keeping it simple. Girardi finished with 24:08 — his most since Los Angeles — and added four hits and was a plus-1.