JIM: Another tough call because there were a string of deserving candidates for the Rangers Unsung Hero, but I'm going with Benoit Pouliot. Engaged and physical throughout the game, Pouliot started the game's only scoring play with a nice pass which sent Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard on their way up left wing towards the Red Wings net. He then goes down the middle of the ice straight to Jimmy Howard's net looking for a pass, which deflects off a Red Wings d-man and ends up in the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. Pouliot was going to the net all night and was a real physical presence. He was credited with four shots on goal and two hits, though I'd argue that Pouliot looked even more active then the numbers say. With his assist Thursday, make it 14 points in his last 20 games for Pouliot. Nice.
MATT: I'm going to go with Ryan McDonagh here, who quite literally saved a goal in the first period while on the penalty kill. That, obviously, proved crucial, as goals were truly hard to come by on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist was caught on the other side of the crease, and McDonagh slid down and turned away a shot that was destined for the back of the cage to keep the game scoreless. McDonagh was very effective on the power play — despite it not scoring — as his speed and hands allow him to find shooting and passing lanes, which he did last night. Mac Truck finished the night with seven shots on goal to go along with a takeaway and three blocked shots in 27:18.