JIM: I found myself on several occasions Thursday night saying in the press box that Dominic Moore really was playing a strong game, so in choosing a Rangers Unsung Hero against the Flyers, I look no further than the veteran center. Moore logged 14:24 worth of ice time, including five and a half minutes on the PK---more than any Ranger forward. He played a major role as the Rangers were a perfect 4-for-4 on the PK, including a huge kill of the Flyers 5-minute power play which bridged the second and third periods. Moore was a beast in the face off circle, winning seven of nine draws, and he also tied for the team lead with four shots on goal. This was probably Dom Moore's best game of the young season, and gave a real glimpse of how important he can be to this team moving forward.
MATT: It's been a tough start to the season for Dan Girardi, but last night was one of his better games of the seasons. He plays his best when he sticks to his game, and his game consists of hard-nosed, rugged defense. He finished last night with two blocks and one hit in 21:49 of ice time, including an astounding 7:31 on the penalty kill. As Jim stated, Girardi — like Moore — played a huge role in the team's perfect PK, including the 5-minute major at the end of the second period and start of the third. It's looking more and more like Girardi is putting his difficult start behind him and settling down into the new system and getting comfortable with his role in it. If the Rangers continue to struggle offensively in the absence of players like Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan, the defense must be strong, and Girardi will be a huge part of that.