Hockey is a team sport.
The most successful teams have great chemistry, outstanding talent and a genuine bond with one another.
Though, team work and a team effort is what makes a team great, individual efforts are often great catalysts for success.
The New York Rangers are working very well together this season, and it's been great to watch them play.
The following is a list of five players who have been the motivators and leaders that have helped the Rangers to success thus far.
Dan Girardi has been the leader of the New York Rangers defense for majority of the season.
He blocks shots, he hustles and he can even produce offensively when called upon.
With Assistant Captian Marc Staal out until January 2, Girardi led the Rangers' blue-line to a successful first half.
Despite a recent slump, Brad Richards has proven his worth to the Rangers and their fans.
Not only is a he a solid veteran presence in the locker room, but he's one of the clutchest players on the Rangers.
He is currently second in the NHL with seven game winning goals.
He comes through when he's needed, and he's certainly been an asset to New York's success this year.
Ryan McDonagh has been the "right hand man" to Dan Girardi this season.
Always an amazing talent, McDonagh was finally able to receive recognition for his efforts in Marc Staal's absence.
He has an outstanding work ethic, and his efforts have pushed the Rangers to many a victory this season.
Though he may not post amazing defensive numbers, he is right up there with Dan Girardi as one of the best defenseman on the New York Rangers.
The Captain of any team is expected to play hard and motivate.
Ryan Callahan has done just that this season.
With 37 points—18 goals and 19 assists—"Captain Cally" has pushed the Rangers to play hard, play strong and play well.
Besides his solid stats, Callahan has shown his hustle and grinding attitude in each and every shift he plays.
He is an outstanding captain, an outstanding player, and a big part of the Rangers' success this season.
"King Henrik." "Hank the Tank."
Did anyone think he wouldn't be on this list?
Henrik Lundqvist has been a rock for the Rangers for years, and this season is no different.
Henrik is currently posting amazing numbers with a 1.80 Goals Against Average, a .939 Save Percentage and six shutouts.
Combine his stats with his ability to come through in big situations and Lundqvist has been the catalyst to the Rangers success this season.