With the Rangers trying to kill a 5-on-3, down 2-1 to the Jets last night and a home and home with the Penguins looming, the season was literally hanging in the balance.
So what did Ryan Callahan do? What any great captain does. He put the team on his back by doing this...
Here's Derek Stepan on the Rangers captain (via Blueshirts United)...
“It's no surprise (Callahan) stepped up in a big way. That's why he wears the C on his chest. He just seems to get the job done when we need it most. He's clutch, and he has this ability to step up and score the big goal.”
...Callahan hasn't been very Callahan-like lately. A lack of scoring, his physical game has been no where to be found and his frustration level seemed to be boiling over. But with all the chips on the table last night and the Rangers needing a spark, Callahan stepped up like he has time and again for this Rangers franchise.
..i take crap for it everytime I say it, but if the Rangers win a Cup under his leadership, he gets a seat at the table next to Messier in Rangers lore as far as I'm concerned. Home grown, Cup winning captain? Doesn't get better than that.
There is a reason why I named my son after the Ranger's captain. He always plays hard and does what he can to the carry this team. He may not always put points on the board but his contributions elsewhere on the ice and bench make him a true leader!
"..i take crap for it everytime I say it, but if the Rangers win a Cup under his leadership, he gets a seat at the table next to Messier in Rangers lore as far as I'm concerned. Home grown, Cup winning captain? Doesn't get better than that." Why would you take crap for it? I wholeheartedly agree. A cup will make Cally a Rangers legend, no doubt.
As someone who was calling for the C by the end of 24's rookie season, I could not agree more. He's obviously not Messier but I can't really think of anyone else who is as dyed in the wool blue as Cally. I'd love to see 24 in the rafters someday.
Literally jumping up and down on the couch over that one. And the team had no choice but to live up to it. Great to see the boys playing like my boys again!!!
I hope you are right Kevin! Few games ago we though Hank made a save that would save our season and then we got shut out twice. I hope this goal by Cally really sparks the team - we all know they are capable, especially how they played after Cally's goal! LETS GO RANGERS!
After that goal there was a sustained effort by this Rangers team that we have not seen in a while. Here's hoping they can build off the win and win one, if not two, in the home and home series vs. the pens.
Just like Giroux did with the Flyers the night before. Too bad Cally can't drag most of the team with him.
@TheNYRBlog great read as always. glad you're still here :)
@TheNYRBlog Any word from Sean Avery today?
@tygalpin Because some Rangers fans think it's impossible to put anyone in the same sentence as Messier.
@Bettmansheadonaplatter He would need to win a Cup to get there.
@JamesU Whatever, he's over-rated. ;)
@KevinDeLury I don't get that. Plus, don't they know that Cally is Messier-incarnate (cue story of trading Mess on a technicality for a high draft pick that turned out to be Cally)?
@GiveGartneraCup @KevinDeLury http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/2003/07/01/messier_sharks/ <-- That's what I'm referring to. We traded his rights, apparently (I always get that little detail mixed up, whoops!), for future considerations that turned out to be a draft pick, that turned out to be our own Captain Cally. I also should clarify when I said "high draft pick", I should have said "very late" draft pick. "High" being an absent minded reference to the high number at which he was picked.