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05-11-2013, 01:13 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Check out this minutes comparison on the left side of the Rangers’ defense from Friday night’s 2-1 overtime loss in Game 5 at the Verizon Center: Ryan McDonagh (29:11), John Moore (25:04), Michael Del Zotto (15:29).
John Tortorella has developed a high level of trust in Moore, even though the 22-year-old just got here at the trade deadline from Columbus.
Moore was the defenseman standing in front of the net when Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winning goal, but there wasn’t much he could do on such a strange deflection. Plus, seconds before Moore had laid down and blocked a bomb from Caps defenseman Mike Green at the point.
Moore finished with five blocked shots, one behind McDonagh for the team lead, playing mostly with Anton Stralman on the second pairing but also rotating up with Dan Girardi as Tortorella split his pairs to combat the Capitals’ adjustments. Del Zotto has struggled in the defensive zone also, contributing partially to Moore’s increased opportunities.
Moore played 14:26 in Game 1, 22:08 in Game 2, 15:50 in Game 3 and 15:36 in Game 4, so Friday night’s minutes mark his career postseason high for ice time.
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