JIM: Justin Falk made his Madison Square Garden debut last night and played a very effective 13:08. Kept in the lineup after a fairly solid effort against Montreal on Saturday and because the Kings provided a large, physical opponent on Sunday, Falk responded by playing with some snarl, taking the body, not backing away from pre-whistle or post-whistle physical altercations. It was probably the best he has looked in a Rangers uniform---he has played in only five of the team's first 20 games. Falk was credited with three hits, though that is a rather subjective number, but most importantly he and defense partner John Moore stood up to the rugged Kings forwards and did not surrender any aggregious scoring chances against. As such Falk is my Rangers Unsung Hero from Sunday night.
MATT: Falk was my guy Saturday night, and I think he deserved it last night, but I'll go with Ryan McDonagh, who finished with 25:38 of ice time last night going up against a very talented and physical Los Angeles Kings squad. While he finished with more than 25 minutes, six of it was on the power play, and although the team went 0-for-5, it's been a blast watching McDonagh being given the keys to the power play on the point and seeing what he can do with it. We're seeing a creativity to McDonagh's game on a consistent basis this season that we only saw in glimpses last year. That could be because he's being offered more opporunities to show that aspect of his game off, or that McDonagh is just maturing and playing with more confidence. Either way, you know what you're getting from McDonagh night after night.