MATT: Any time the team loses and scores just one goal, it's tough to find a player to take for this category, but I'm going to go with Marc Staal, who continues to become more like his pre-injury self each game. He was very strong defensively, breaking up several chances for the Lightning and is just a calming influence on the backend, as he makes that second pair so steady with Anton Stralman. Staal also wasn't scared to mix it up physically after the whistle, as he did several times exchanging shoves with several Lightning players. He finished his night with two shots, two blocks and two takeaways in 18:45 of ice time.
JIM: I thought Marc Staal played a real strong game, too, but I am going with Henrik Lundqvist here. Despite the loss, and despite allowing two goals in nine seconds in the second period, I thought Henrik again was solid and certainly gave the Rangers a chance to win this game. In my book he was an Unsung Hero because he was outdueled by Ben Bishop and came out on the losing end, and was not asked to be spectacular in order to keep his team in the game. Lundqvist was just real solid, and can't really be faulted on either goal---one where he was screened, the other on a clear breakaway. No one likes a Ranger loss here, but the fact that Lundqvist added another strong game to his ledger certainly is a positive.