JIM: It's not often that a high-profile player such as Brad Richards is referred to as an Unsung Hero, but in my opinion Richards was just that Monday night. He did pick up his team-high 20th point---assisting on Ryan Callahan's second-period goal---and recorded three shots on goal in 17:44 worth of ice-time, but it was the more subtle parts of his game I liked. For example, Richards won six of seven faceoffs for an impressive 86 percent success rate on Monday, and his effort---when it flagged with some of his teammates---was solid throughout. I also liked what Derek Dorsett brought in his limited ice time, and perhaps Benoit Pouliot gets a nod for coming alive when promoted to the second line, but Brad Richards was my Unsung Hero on Monday.
MATT: I'm going to go with Benoit Pouliot, who snapped out of a very long pointless streak to assist on Ryan Callahan's goal. I liked his game after he was moved to a line with Callahan and Richards, as he made the most of his limited ice time with the assist and two shots. The Rangers are still struggling to find the net, and there's no denying the skill Pouliot possess, so moving him onto a line with two players who produce could hopefully jump-start Pouliot, who in late October played very well before struggling a bit throughout November. Maybe with the change on the calendar and linemates, Pouliot will get back on track.