Penguins 4 - Rangers 3 (shootout): Points Per Game

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Rangers Unsung Hero


JIM: Quite a few candidates here--from Dom Moore who played a scrappy 12:48 and won 70 percent of his faceoffs, to a very quietly effective Anton Stralman on D, even to Brian Boyle who won 9 of 12 faceoffs in only 8:17 of ice-time---but my selection is Derek Dorsett who tried to set the tone of this game in the first period, credited with six hits. Dorsett finished the game with a season-high seven hits, and while granted that is a completely subjective statistic, there is no arguing that Dorsett was looking to bang bodies all night long, while also playing a solid role on the team's penalty kill over 11:14 of ice time. He was on ice for Pittsburgh's power play goal, but I thought he was efficent all night all over the ice, even generating some offensive chances, and as such is my Rangers Unsung Hero on Wednesday.

MATT: For the second straight game, Benoit Pouliot finds his name in this category for me. Not only did he pick up an assist on the game-tying goal on the power play — albeit with a missed shot — but the thing that stood out to me most was right after Henrik Lundqvist was hit in the third period, there was another scrum outside the crease and Pouliot tackled one of the Penguins. That stood out to me as a guy who is fighting to stay in the lineup doing whatever he can to catch the attention of the coaching staff. Pouliot has strung together a nice stretch here and is becoming a reliable third liner who can provide some offense.