JIM: Before the game Alain Vigneaut met with reporters and did not have great things to say about the club's defensemen not named Ryan McDonagh. He was very pointed in saying that Marc Staal has been going through "a rough patch" recently. Well I thought Staal really responded Thursday night, playing a very effective game in front of Henrik Lundqvist, logging nearly 21 minutes of solid ice time. Staal recorded a game-high five blocked shots, moved the puck quickly and effectively out of the Rangers zone, and played his man well throughout. He was also a key member of the penalty kill unit which put forth a 2-for-2 effort on Thursday. For the Rangers to reach their goals, Staal will need many more consistent nights like he had on Thursday. He has shown it before in his game, nd needs to deliver again and again this season.
MATT: I think Dominic Moore was the most noticable player on the ice for me last night. It seemed like every shift he was making something happen in terms of a forecheck, a hit or just getting his nose dirty mixing it up between whistles. It's a shame he hasn't contributed with a goal yet because I think many under estimate how good Moore has been thus far in his return to Broadway. Moore, though, has been perfect for his role on the fourth line. Last night, he had three shots on net and won 60 percent of his faceoffs in 13:59, including 1:40 on the penalty kill.