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Rangers Unsung Hero

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MATT: The unsung hero of the night, in my opinion, is Mats Zuccarello, who scored the game-tying goal in the third period. If anyone had a chip on their shoulder to make the big play last night, it was Zuccarello, who was scratched Thursday night against the Flyers. While he played just 10:24, he certainly made the most of it — aside from his turnover on Detroit's first goal — registering a goal, three shots and two hits. I've stated this before, but when he's playing with confidence — and hopefully last night gives him some — there are few that are more fun to watch than Zuccarello. The Rangers need scoring, especially from the depth players, and Zuccarello is one of those guys. My honorable mention here is Chris Kreider, who has looked very good in his two games this season.

 

JIM: Certainly Zuccarello came through in the clutch---what a great effort on his game-tying goal, by the way---and generated other solid chances with fairly minimal ice-time, but it is real hard to overlook his giveaway which led directly to Drew Miller's game-opening goal. While I am real happy that ZUccarello gained major redemption, I am going with Anton Stralman as my Ranger Unsung Hero from Saturday night. Very quietly Stralman has been, perhaps, the Rangers most consistent defenseman this season, and Saturday he played more than 20 minutes, was solid in his own end, and fired a career-high six shots on goal. He was caught up ice on Miller's goal, looking to aggressivley make a play offensively, but Zuccarello's backwards pass to an empty blueline left Stralman in no man's land. Not to be lost in subtlety, Stralman's effective play has calmed young John Moore down, and now Moore's confidence is up, as evidenced in his more aggressive approach to carrying the puck up ice the past few games.