Rangers 4 - Panthers 3: Points Per Game

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Rangers Unsung Hero


JIM: On a night where the Rangers defense corps---in fact the entire team defensive structure---was not nearly as stout as it has been the past few weeks, Marc Staal stood out with a solid effort at both ends of the ice. Staal, who entered play with a minus-8 plus/minus rating, and earlier last week was an unsightly minus-11, posted a plus-two on Sunday, on ice for both the Derek Dorsett game-tying goal and the Brad Richards go-ahead score early in the third period. Staal blocked three shots, took the body and positioned himself well all night, recorded two shots on goal, and attempted five more. He played 20:15, was strong on the penalty kill, and was the Rangers best defenseman last night.

MATT: Tonight I'll take J.T. Miller, who didn't play much but I thought made the most of the ice time, including his goal in the first period — his first of the season — that capped off that gorgeous give-and-go passing play with Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider. In addition to the goal, Miller had another shot and a few other chances, and two hits in just 8:03, skating predominantely on the fourth line. He's a kid so he'll make mistakes, but Miller has done a good job of showing how much skill he is and what type of player he could be down the road. He had gone a while — since last February to be exact — without a goal, so maybe the monkey will be off his back and more offense is on its way.