MATT: This was a pretty easy decision for me, as I have to go with RIck Nash in his return to the lineup after missing 17 games with a head injury. Just the sight of having him back on the ice was a positive, and not even for the team, but for Rick himself. Head injuries are so scary for anyone to deal with, and any time a player is unable to do what he loves to do because of it, it's tough. But, he was back last night and admitted it took him a few shifts to get back into the rhythm, but I thought he played pretty well. He had several chances skating with Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, finishing with five shots with another six attempts either missing or being blocked in 17:55 of ice time. It'll take a few games for him to get back to 100 percent, but just having him back on the ice was a welcome sight.
JIM: Since I have Nash as one my Top Three Stars I am going to dig a little deeper and go with John Moore who on the negative side was on ice for Boston's first goal and who did take a penalty in the second period, but who I thought really stepped up and played a confident two-way game over 16+ minutes. Moore had four shots on goal, attempted another four, picked up the primary assist on Derick Brassard's power play goal, and was real good in his own end, including some crisp, smart outlet passes to quickly trasnition the Rangers out of their own end of the ice. And in the offensive zone Moore was going for it, aggressive and confident with the puck.