By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com
|Rangers forward Aaron Voros had an assist on Marian Gaborik's 40th goal on Tuesday. Voros, who grew up in Vancouver rooting for the Blueshirts, said regardless of his playing time, he takes "a lot of pride in wearing a New York Rangers jersey". |
Aaron Voros is making the most of his opportunity to get back into the Rangers lineup. After sitting out 12 consecutive games -- the second time this season he missed that many games in a row as a healthy scratch -- Voros has played well the past two after returning to the lineup, earning the praise of head coach John Tortorella along the way.
What has endeared Voros to the coaching staff and his teammates most is the fact that he has not complained about his situation once all year, instead choosing to work hard and be supportive of the players who have been in the lineup.
“He has never complained and has always handled himself tremendously, and he is a good teammate,” Tortorella said of Voros, who has one goal, four points, and 75 penalty minutes in 35 games played this season. “I think he has been bringing us some really good energy (since returning to the lineup) and doing some good things with the puck. With so few games left, he could be a very important guy for us as far as us trying to create offense through forechecking and grinding.”
The 28-year-old Voros logged 13 minutes of ice time and was a plus-oneon Saturday night in Toronto; and he followed that up by playing just under 10 minutes in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Islanders, assisting on Marian Gaborik
’s 40th goal of the season to give the Rangers their first lead of the game late in the second period.
“It’s tough to handle sometimes when you know you are doing everything possible and it’s still not enough to crack the lineup,” Voros said of sitting out. “But I am happy to be a New York Ranger and work my tail off and do whatever role they want me to do here. I take a lot of pride in wearing a New York Rangers jersey.”
At the core of how Voros handles this situation is partly what makes him so popular. He is a confident, yet very humble, athlete who truly appreciates what his chosen career has done for him.
“I have, maybe, a different mindset from other players because I feel very fortunate to play this game every day and show up at practice to work on a skill every day,” said Voros. “I mean my dad is a bricklayer back in Vancouver. It’s a different lifestyle.”P.A. is A-OK back in lineup
|P.A. Parenteau |
Another player making the most of his latest opportunity the past two games is forward P.A. Parenteau
. Recalled from Hartford last Friday, the 27 year-old Parenteau scored the game-opening goal Saturday against the Maple Leafs and then contributed an assist on Marc Staal
’s game-winning goal Tuesday night on Long Island.
“I’ve been able to make some plays and get some confidence from the coach, so it feels good,” said Parenteau. “My confidence was pretty high down (at Hartford) and I was playing some pretty good hockey and a lot of minutes. Here it’s just a case of me trying to fit in.”
Parenteau, who had 20 goals and 45 points in 35 games with Hartford, played a bit more than 16 minutes on Saturday night, finishing with the goal and a plus-one plus/minus rating. On Tuesday Parenteau, who appeared in 14 games with the Rangers earlier in the season, played nearly 18 minutes, recorded the assist, and was a plus-three.
“These are fun games to play because everyone knows there’s no margin for error and we have to get points in every game,” said Parenteau, who is 2-4-6 in 16 games at the NHL level this season.