Hayes scored his first goal of the year in Monday's 7-4 win over the Sharks.

Hayes was the recipient of a beautiful pass by Jesper Fast that he promptly converted into a key insurance goal for the Rangers, giving them a 4-2 lead and opening the flurry of scoring that took place over the game's final eight minutes. This was arguably the third-year pivot's finest game of the year -- his skating and defense were particularly strong, and he did strong work both offensively and at the faceoff dot. Consistency will be key moving forward, as Hayes has tended to disappear at times, but he was quite visible in this game.

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