MATT: Dan Girardi came within inches of give the Rangers the 3-2 lead when his low wrist shot found its way through traffic but found metal instead of twine in the final minutes of the third period. Unfortunately, the puck rang out instead of in, and the Capitals took it the other way for the goal. Regardless, I liked Girardi's game last night, as he picked up an assist on Carl Hagelin's goal in the third period. Girardi was steady and as always, showed he can handle big minutes, which was the case in the absence of Anton Stralman. Girardi finished Friday night with two shots — another five attempts — four hits and a blocked shot in 27:35.
JIM: I'm going with John Moore as my Unsung Hero. His minutes increased only a little when Anton Stralman left the contest due to an injury, but his sense of urgency increased a lot. Moore really tried to be a difference maker over his 17:40 of ice time, leading the team with a career-high seven shots on goal, playing with confidence at both ends of the ice. Though he was defending Eric Fehr when the Caps forward scored the game-winning goal, Moore did the right things, forcing Fehr wide and giving Cam Talbot a good look at the shot. Plain and simple, Talbot said afterwards, he should have made the save and Moore did what he was supposed to do. More energetic performances from John Moore like this one would bode well for the Rangers moving forward.