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New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals: Justin Falk Solid Last Night

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Falk is a name that not many hockey fans know, and this is including fans of the New York Rangers who are his current team. This offseason, the Rangers got the 25-year-old Falk in a trade with the Minnesota Wild for Minor League forward Benn Ferriero and a sixth-round draft pick in 2014.

So it is pretty safe to say that Falk is nothing special. It would be also safe to say that fans did not even bat an eye when he was announced to take Michael Del Zotto‘s spot on defense last night in Washington due to Del Zotto coming down with the flu.

What I saw from Falk last night, however, makes me want to see more of him and I think he deserves to start more often for the Rangers this season. He might not be flashy or any better than a sixth or seventh defenseman, but he provides size, at 6-foot-5, that the Rangers need, showed that he can drop the gloves and fight for his teammates and that he can handle himself on defense.

With the Rangers struggling immensely on defense in the early part of this season, it is critical for the Blueshirts to get back to playing defense and using it to create offense. That is exactly what they accomplished with Falk in the lineup last night against the Washington Capitals in a hard fought 2-0 win.

All in all, Falk is the type of player where the less you hear about him, the better because that means he is doing his job and playing a sound defense. Combine that with the added toughness and size he adds to the Rangers and I think this man should be giving a shot on this Rangers’ team and start in more games.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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