Any one of the three forwards who currently make up the Rangers' top line combination likely could have been named the recipient of club's Broadway Hat following Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Carolina at The Garden. All three---Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik---recorded three points.
However in the end it was the rookie, Hagelin, who proudly wore the Broadway Hat in the post-game locker room.
"To me the biggest key (on that line) is Hags because he chases down pucks and they have puck posession because he is always chasing down pucks and making plays," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Hagelin.
The rookie from Sweden logged 19:32 worth of ice-time at even strength and on the penalty kill, scored his 13th goal, added two assists, and had a +4 plus/minus rating. He also was second on the team with five shots on goal, one behind gaborik who led the way with six.
"I have a lot more (confidence)," said Hagelin, who has 33 points in 51 games this season. "I am getting more shifts, and obviously I feel more comfortable as I see that things are working with my game."