SUNRISE, Fla. - Big brother won the scoring battle, but little brother got the victory.
For the first time in their NHL careers, the Hayes boys played against each other, and Kevin, 22, and his Rangers emerged with a 5-2 win over Jimmy, 25, and the Florida Panthers Wednesday night.
Jimmy got a power-play goal in the third period and had seven hits. Kevin did not earn a point but had two hits and blocked three shots.
"Both brothers competed hard," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "I'm happy with the way [Kevin] played."
Here is the tale of the tape on the battle between right wingers from Boston College:
Kevin, a rookie, is 6-5, 225 pounds and shoots left. He was the 24th pick in the 2010 draft and had 45 goals and 89 assists in four years at BC. He entered Wednesday 11th among NHL rookies with 13 points, including five goals.
Jimmy, in his fourth year in the NHL but his first full season, is 6-6, 221 pounds and shoots right. He had 42 goals and 39 assists in three years at BC. He is second on the Panthers with 11 goals and has six assists.
Girardi plays hurt
Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, who has yet to miss a game this season, played despite a foot injury. He was hurt in the loss at Dallas on Monday and missed Tuesday's practice.
The Rangers have three former Panthers: defenseman Dan Boyle, center Dominic Moore and left wing Tanner Glass. Glass and defenseman John Moore were scratched. Matt Hunwick played as the sixth defenseman over Moore. Hunwick hadn't played since Dec. 23, with Moore getting the previous two starts.