Ryan McDonagh has turned heads with the New York Rangers, grabbing top-unit minutes alongside Dan Girardi for most of the season. McDonagh's strong play has been vital for the club all season long, especially in the early going when Marc Staal remained sidelined with a concussion, and his fine play has continued into the playoffs.
McDonagh played like an absolute beast [Monday night]. He was a monster on the backcheck, and made a great play on Zach Parise to break up a partial breakaway. He had another play later in the second period, where he caught up to Ilya Kovalchuk on another partial break, and gave him no room to shoot. McDonagh is getting better, game by game, and he just continues to impress.
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