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02-08-2013, 12:44 PM
J.T. Miller strode through the Rangers’ dressing room to the far corner. Today marked the 19-year-old rookie’s first game at Madison Square Garden and tonight marked the first time he wore the Broadway Hat as the Rangers’ game MVP, as selected by the previous Broadway Hat wearer which, in this case, was backup goalie Marty Biron.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Miller became the first Rangers player, rookie or otherwise, to debut at the Garden with multiple goals since Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win over the Red Wings on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller is also the youngest Ranger with a multiple goal game since Alex Kovalev had a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992 in a 6-5 win over the Bruins.

Miller talked after the morning skate about having a strong first shift. He, of course, scored the first of his two goals on his first shift.

“I don’t know if I had a goal in mind but I guess just get pucks to the net and had one that went through him so I’ll take that,” said Miller, who was then asked about his post-game emotions. “I’m just trying to stay even keel here. Obviously, it was nice for me but even better we got the win on home ice and a big bounce back from last game. We just have to keep looking forward.”

Miller said he had his mother, grandmother and girlfriend in attendance tonight.

“It was really nice to get it out of the way there,” Miller added of his first goal, which was retrieved from the net by captain Ryan Callahan and presented later to the rookie. “I was just trying to look past it because we had a lot of game left. So I just tried to keep plugging along.”

Coach John Tortorella was happy with Miller’s game - he played 13:31 with two shots, two hits and one giveaway while winning five of eight faceoffs.

“Miller, what is he? 19?, he has a lot of puck poise for such a young kid,” Tortorella said. “To have kids come in and start filling in there is good stuff.”

Several times on the bench, Miller could be seen asking questions. That’s another thing Tortorella likes, that Miller is not a timid rookie. But Tortorella also added a cryptic warning that Miller needed to avoid some mistakes of his past and make sure his confidence stays on the right side of an imagined line. Tortorella used to say that a lot about Brandon Dubinsky, a very cocky player.

“He’s got some bite to him,” Tortorella said. “I know a lot of things went on before he came to us, he’s got some bite to him and I’d rather have a guy that you need to tame a little bit as he’s learning to be a pro then to get someone to play with some spunk like that. I like the way he carries himself, he’s got some good strut to his game. We just have to make sure he doesn’t cross the line the other way. He’s done that a few times along the way.”http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/rangerrants/rangers_4_isles_1_miller_wears_broadway_hat/