TARRYTOWN - Roughly 14 hours after becoming the second player in NHL history to score five goals and an overtime-winner in the same game, Mika Zibanejad was blending in with his teammates at the MSG Training Center.

Many of them predicted the humble response.

"That’s what really good players are about," Jesper Fast said. "They have a good night, and they still come back the next day, put the effort in and just focus on the next game."

Zibanejad's unforgettable performance in the New York Rangers' 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday has made him the center of attention in the NHL — a position he doesn't seem entirely comfortable with.

The rest of the league is beginning to recognize his place among the game's elite, which his teammates claim is overdue.

"He plays on the power play, on the penalty kill, he’s so good in the defensive zone, he scores goals, he does everything," rookie Kaapo Kakko said. "For a player like me, I want to work on all of those things and be better next season."

Zibanejad's commitment to all facets of the game has a trickle-down effect on the youngest roster in the league.

"I feel like half our team is under 21, so we have everything in front of us," Filip Chytil said. "For us, we want to follow what he’s doing. We can bring it to our games, we can bring it to our personalities, and we can become the leaders in a couple years. It’s good to have a guy like Mika around. We follow him."

As evidenced by Zibanejad's aversion to the spotlight, he's far from the loudest voice in the room. Yet, the response from his teammates is indicative of how much they look up to him.

Even though Zibanejad is only 26, linemate Pavel Buchnevich called him, "our leader."

"You can yell in the locker room — ‘Let’s go hit somebody!’ — but if you just do it, there’s no reason to talk," Buchnevich said. "Mika is a quiet person. I am the same thing. We talk about that. You don’t have to yell at everybody to teach somebody in the locker room or on the bench. You have to show up, work hard and let everybody see that."

Of course, his demeanor wouldn't be as influential if Zibanejad wasn't producing.

Despite missing a month earlier in the season with an upper-body injury, he leads the team with 38 goals. He's posted a total of 71 points in 54 games, which includes 20 goals in 19 games since the all-star break.

That's coincided with a 13-6 record, which has vaulted the Rangers to within two points of a playoff spot.

Everyone brings up a different skill when asked about Zibanejad.

Chytil spoke glowingly of his stick-handling and added, "I never realized he was such a great skater." Buchnevich raved about his conditioning, remarking that he never seems to get tired. Fast praised his commitment to playing defense and killing penalties. Ryan Strome lauded his penchant for clutch plays, saying, "The moment is never too big for him." And they all talked about his knack for scoring.

"He's a star," Buchnevich said plainly.

The Rangers have known that for a while. Now it's becoming common knowledge.

"He’s very comfortable with himself. There’s a confidence with him. There's not an ego, but there's a level of confidence," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "That's the true definition of swagger — knowing you’re really good but not having to tell everybody. Having that humility to yourself. That’s a unique quality."