MATT: While Alain Vigneault said many players brought their "B" game to Boston on Friday, I don't think Justin Falk would fall into that group. The defenseman played a physical, simple game and wasn't afraid to mix it up phsyically with Zdeno Chara or Milan Lucic. Some have been critical of the Rangers' lack of an crease-clearing defenseman, but I've felt Falk has filled that void a bit, as he's kept his game simple and it's been effective. Falk registered two hits and two blocked shots in 13:34 of ice time.
JIM: Nice read on Falk's game, Matt. I, too, thought he played pretty well, and certainly was engaged throughout. His hit on Milan Lucic certainly was a stand out. However I'm going with Carl Hagelin here. Though I would've liked to have seen more offense from him---he did not record a shot on goal Friday---Hagelin was all over the puck in all three zones and seemed to have more of a burst to his skating than he has displayed recently. Maybe it's the chance to play with Rick Nash and Brad Richards that has given him some renewed life, but I thought Hagelin played a solid 16:20 on Friday---and I liked his physical play with three hits and two blocked shots in his own end.