Ever since the New York Rangers‘ acquisition of Daniel Carcillo, Derek Dorsett has more times than not been the odd man out of the starting lineup. With less than 10 games left in an 82 game regular season, Dorsett has only played in 43. So when Carcillo could not suit up to play against his former team in the Philadelphia Flyers due to illness, it was up to Dorsett to seize the opportunity and make a positive mark on the Rangers’ coaching staff to earn more playing time. And what Dorsett did was just that.
Not only did Dorsett play his game, which is a grinding, hard checking game, but he also crashed the net and scored the Rangers’ first goal in the opening period, giving the Rangers an early 1-0 lead. Later in the third period he put the puck towards the net which led to a deflection goal that extended the Rangers’ lead to 3-0 at that time. The Rangers would go on to win 3-1 over the Flyers in a huge game for the standings that was by far the best game Dorsett has played in a Ranger uniform.
Can Dorsett consistently play the way he did last night against the Flyers is the question, and honestly I do not know for sure. But one thing I do know is that last night’s game may have given him some extra playing time down the stretch as the Rangers try to capture a playoff spot in the final few weeks of the 2013-14 NHL regular season.