There were plenty of heroes wearing the Rangers sweater Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, not the least of which were shootout stars Henrik Lundqvist, Derek Stepan, and Marian Gaborik. However the team's Broadway Hat ended up on the head of a player who played an extremely strong two-way game Tuesday, but who did not take part in the shootout.
Veteran winger Ruslan Fedotenko was presented the Broadway Hat following the game after scoring his sixth goal of the season---the only goal scored by the Blueshirts through 65 minutes against Mike Smith---while playing a very effective game on the forecheck along with linemates Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin.
"(Smith) played really well, and had a lot of great saves there," explained Fedotenko after the game. "I just found the puck on my stick, and Boyler screened the goalie, so I was prettyy lucky (on his goal). It was a great effort by everybody, and (Henrik Lundqvist) was great---especially in the shootout when he was unbelievable. It was a team effort and a good win."
The Rangers 2-1 victory was their sixth straight, and 10th in the last 11 games. The win put them three points ahead of both Vancouver and Boston for first place overall in the National Hockey League.
"It feels good any time you win, but we still need to work on certain things and continue to improve," Fedotenko said after the game. "We have to continue to grind. It's great we are in this position now, but it's still a long season to go."