9. Brandon Dubinsky: The two-way forward possesses leadership skills and does what he has to do to help his team win. He notched 41 points on the year to go with 112 PIMs. One of his greatest games of the season came on November 24, 2008, when he scored a Gordie Howe hat trick against the Phoenix Coyotes. He squared off against Daniel Carcillo protecting the Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist in the first, taking a 5 minute major for fighting to get the donnybrooks portion out of the way. In the second period, he then scored a wraparound goal, which turned out to be the game winner. Dubinsky then completed the ‘Gordie’ with an assist to Dan Girardi, who scored a power play goal from the blue line in the third stanza. The Rangers won the game 4-1 and Dubinsky along with Lundqvist and Zherdev were named the three stars. From Wikipedia, then “Ranger coach Tom Renney called the feat a ‘Gordie Orr hat trick’ claiming that Dubinsky ‘didn’t do that well in the fight.”
...Dubinsky's willingness to stick-up for teammates and throw down when necessary (with not always positive results) is a reason why I'd like to see him named as an alternate captain at some point this season.
...h/t to Puck Daddy.