Kevin Hayes scored on Wednesday for the first time since January 9th against Washington.
Prior to his goal on 1/9, Hayes hadn't scored since November 23.
After scoring last night, Hayes said on MSG that he hasn't been on the scoresheet much but that his overall game has been "above average."
Hayes said that he needs to play with confidence and that hopefully his goal against the Pens will be a "jumpstart."
He said that there were times earlier in the season where he struggles early and started to dump and chase so he wouldn't make any more mistakes. (Daily News)
Hayes said that it was an ego check for him to be benched for two games and that he is just going back to basics and working his hardest. (Daily News)
Alain Vigneault said on Monday that over the last 2-3 weeks Hayes has been playing "extremely well at both ends of the rink," protecting the puck and using his teammates.
Vigneault said that he is happy with how Hayes has been progressing and that if he had the chance to "do it over again" he might not have done things the same way.
He said that Hayes is a "good kid, real sensitive, wants to do well, sometimes you have to go through tougher times to learn and get better."
For a lot more on Hayes, his season and what Alain Vigneault has said, click HERE.