JIM: Several candidiates here, for sure, including Dominic Moore who notched an assist, logged 15:52, was a dynamo on the penaly kill, and won 76 percent of his faceoffs (13-17) on Sunday. However I am choosing Benoit Pouliot as the Rangers Unsung Hero. Now it may seem a bit strange to think of the player who scored the game-winner in the seven round shootout on a surreal move to be considered "unsung", but Pouliot played a strong game throughout, adding speed and energy to the fourth line, and playing a solid two-way game--even before his highlight goal in the shootout. Pouliot picked up an assist on a speedy power move to the net and subtle chip pass to Carl Hagelin in the second period, and was good in his own end of the ice, too, over 11:23. Afetr the game he told me he feels the last few contests that his overall game and confidence are coming along. The Rangers need for that to be the case.
MATT: I'm cheating a bit here and taking both Moore and Pouliot for their performances in the shootout. It's been said and written about this year that the Rangers needed scoring from unexpected places, and during last night's shootout, they received it from Moore and Pouliot, including Pouliot's goal that I'm sure we'll be seeing for a while on highlight reels. Prior to the shootout, I thought both played effective games, something I've thought Moore has been doing for weeks. No. 28 picked up an assist on Carl Hagelin's goal in 15:52 of ice time, nearly four minutes of which was shorthanded. Pouliot, meanwihle, also registered an assist on Hagelin's goal had two shots and was a plus-1 in 11:23 of ice time.