After the tragedy Dominic Moore faced with his wife passing away from her battle with cancer, which made him sit out all of last season, there is no New York Rangers player I wanted to root for the more this season than Moore.
Now, Moore is a fourth line center, penalty killer, grinder and role player. So, his game is all about intangibles and he is not going to put up any numbers on the score sheet, thus making it seem like he is having a bad season to the casual fan. This cannot be any further from the truth, especially at this point in the season. Just look at his brilliant play last night when the Rangers were short-handed against the Colorado Avalanche 5 on 3 late in the second period. Moore put tons of pressure on the point man, stole the puck and brought it all the way down behind the Avalanche’s net to kill a considerable amount of time off of the penalty.
The Rangers’ fourth line is on fire, and while you can give a lot of credit to the in-season acquisition of Daniel Carcillo, Moore is the center of that line. Almost every time a particular line is hot it is because of the play of the center, starting with winning face offs, to controlling the middle of the ice, to making crisp passes on target to the wingers.
Moore will continue to fly under-the-radar this year, but he should know that fans appreciate what he is doing and know he is helping the team every game even with everything else going on in his head. His determination is uncanny and I believe whether if you are a Rangers fan or not, you should be a fan of Dominic Moore.