Ryan McDonagh played a dominant game, with two assists, a plus-2 rating, two shots and three blocked shots in 25:58.

After some slippage in his play which led to the now-injured Marc Staal (face) being reunited with Dan Girardi on the top pair, McDonagh has reclaimed his role as a No. 1 defenseman.

"That’s as consistent as he’s played in a while," coach John Tortorella said. "He was really confident with the puck carrying it. The standards are set so high for him, a couple of little hiccups in his game and you start thinking, ‘What’s going on?’"

Tough start

Tortorella admitted he was nervous about G Marty Biron after the backup misplayed Steve Oleksy’s goal at 2:16 of the first period. Biron, who had a clear look at the puck as McDonagh jostled with RW Joel Ward to his left, wasn’t happy either.

"I thought maybe Ward would tip it so I’m waiting to maybe play the tip," Biron said. "When he got boxed out and swung at it and missed, I didn’t react to the shot. It’s not the best way to start a game, that’s for sure. I said a few French mumbles under my breath."