Unfortunately, for the most part Bickel failed his first real test as his final stat line looked like this...
17:59 of ice time, -2, three hits and two blocked shots
And his turnover behind the net led to Johnny Oduya's game winning goal.
...while Bickel struggled in Chicago, that has been a rare occurrence for the undrafted defenseman this season. He has added some much needed to toughness to the Rangers blueline and you have to wonder if his play has made Dylan McIlrath (2010 - 1st) expendable if the right deal for Rick Nash comes along this summer.
John Tortorella recently said this about Bickel (via Pat Leonard at the Blueshirts Blog)...
"Was he drafted? I don't even know. I'm not concerned about the pedigree or what he makes or what draft pick he is. He's a guy that's a real interesting one to us, because he continues to simplify his game, and his game gets better when he becomes (simpler)."
if you watched the game, you would've noticed it was Staal's error behind the net. If Staal contained his man(or even delivered a decent body check), Bickel would have not had to even go behind the net. It's easy to blame Bickel because he is a rookie however he did nothing wrong. Also, what was Hagelin thinking. If he was paying attention, he missed the passed up the boards by Bickel.
Besides the obvious MD,G,MS, I think Eminger had a very good game. I know many fans don't like him, but he played well. Several times I saw him clearing the crease in front of Hank, and he made several good transitional plays.
@TheNYRBlog i guess its easy to blame the last nyr to touch the puck on a goal against. but that was a routine shot by oduya. no excuses.