The New York Rangers have a number of headline-grabbing players. Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh and Martin St. Louis are just a few of those names, but five games into the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a new name has been grabbing headlines — Dominic Moore.
There really is no one that deserves more recognition than Moore. He has been through an awful lot in the last year. His wife passed away tragically from cancer last year, and Moore did not play last season in the NHL. When he decided he wanted to return to the league, he only wanted to play for the team that drafted him, the Rangers.
Now, Moore is making noise in the playoffs. He had one goal and one assist in Game 5 after scoring the Rangers lone goal in Game 4. He has been matched up against the Philadelphia Flyers‘ Claude Giroux, arguably a top five forward in the league, and has shut him down. Giroux only has one goal and three points in five games.
Throughout the last two months, Moore has been on a line with Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett and Dan Carcillo. Boyle and Moore have been the constants, with Dorsett and Carcillo swapping out sometimes. However, now that Dorsett has proven himself, the fourth line is basically set. This line does everything well; they play great defense, forecheck relentlessly, and have even scored some goals.
The line has been great, but Moore has been the real star. He is a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to a player who exemplifies perseverance. There is no better candidate for this than Moore. He has outplayed one of the best players in hockey in Giroux, and is finally getting some headlines for it.