Ryan Callahan scored his second goal in three games last night, but it was his determination early in the second period that got the MSG crowd into a frenzy...
...just in awe of Cally after that sequence. I almost smashed my television when 55 seconds later this warrior-like effort was wasted by his teammates who were embarrassingly not inspired and allowed a goal to Olli Jokinen of all people.
...not sure how players like Richards, Gaborik and Boyle can continue to play passionless hockey after witnessing that kind of desire.
Speaking of desire, here's video of the captain's goal...
Callahan also felt better about the Ranger's game last night...
...i'm with Callahan on this. Last night I was actually excited watching a Rangers game for the first time in a few weeks. I know they lost but that was the most fight I've seen from this Rangers team all year. Third period resembled a lot of what we saw last season. I was convinced they were going to tie it up in the final seconds.
I've been to about 1,000 games over the last 40 years. Cally's shift where he lost his stick is one of the best individual shifts I've ever seen. Let's hope the rest of the team can wake up and learn from him.
Cally is a workhorse, and showed it last night...He cares...Gabby & Richards need to take a page out of his book...Show some EFFORT... Power play is pitiful...Hopefully we get Nasher back tom. night...
This team will be okay.they not getting the bounces but i have faith they will turn it around.rather slump now then end of season.team hasnt even hit their peak and they still hanging around.
And this is why Callahan is the heart and soul of this team. I really hope some of the other guys can play with his energy and drive...because then we will be a difficult team to play. Im confident they can do this, but its just a matter of when and how often that will determine the rest of the season.
Coach is not the issue lets all remember we are missing 2 top 4 defensemen 1 all star who actually makes plays Nash and dare I say it but asham looks missed
I thought the passion from Gabs and Richards picked up big time in that third period about halfway through. Seemed like both of them said "Screw it" and started playing without thinking and it did them both well. Hopefully they built some confidence from it and can carry it forward.
Boyle, I don't think has ever had an issue with passion. He seems to be out there trying to get a huge hit to get the team going. He just doesn't have the offensive skill to be of much worth in that regard. If the top two or three lines can start scoring then Boyle can be looked at as the bruiser he truly is and not a goal scorer.
Problem is after that no one with a blue sweater even made an attempt to match that display. The team needs to come out, each and every one of them, and play at least half as hard as that (with sticks no less). But there was no response. Why are we complaining about lack of toughness? Why would someone on this team wanna get pummeled in the face when their team won't rally or respond? It wasn't as miserable a game as others in this losing streak but it showed the difference between a decent effort and a W.
I was literally watching with my jaw-dropped during that shift by Cally when he lost his stick. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. If there was anything good about that game, it was the Cap'n getting a goal after putting himself on the line like that. Wish the rest of the team was showing his level of heart.
@TheNYRBlog Totally agree with your positive reaction to the 3rd. Felt good watching them fight. Just want to see 60 min of that.
Cally got the fans into it and was playing like a man possessed all game and this damn team didnt respond. thats a joke.
http://www.bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/2013-articles/february/hockey-fights-of-the-week-2-18-2-24.html In the summer of 2014 I would love to see the Rangers go after Joe Vitale from The Pens. Now I'm biased because I went to Northeastern U the same time Vitale did, so I saw a lot of him. And although I'm not a fan of bringing in ex-penguins, the kid is a solid 3rd line, 2 way player, with a ton of heart, and a lot more skill than a guy like Boyle. Not the biggest guy, but he can throw some big checks (similar makeup to cally). Thoughts?
As I mentioned before. I have to wonder if Callahan's leadership has any traction with these guys. When the Capt. goes balls-out, the troops should follow suit. Don't just admire his effort...match it. Gaborik, to me, is the biggest offender. The guy is a world class talent, but has no confidence in his ability. You saw clear evidence of it on the 2-1 last night when he passed up the shot to pass to Richards. He needs to start thinking SHOOT first and they'll start going in. If he takes 20 shots and none go in, that means he needs to take another 20. Like Torts says over and over, you have to keep plugging away. Play your game man. Where's the guy that used to streak down the wing and rifle a wrister from the top of the circle? He's now dumping it off every chance he gets. Why is he setting up down low on the PP. He should be up cruising between the hash marks ready to fire it off a feed...find open ice and fire the damned puck. To me, that should be his focus on the PP. Too often I see in in front of the net or along the goal line. Let someone like Boyle or some other garbage collector-type battle in front. That's not Gabi's game, nor should it be. He's a sniper, let him snipe.
Bring back mike, torts needs to go. Mike is doing in between period shows. He knows how to fix this team.
Kev, your point is well taken, but what is Boyle doing, or not doing, to say he's passionless. He just not a very good player, solid, but not a scorer. I feel since his benching, he has been effective. He is throwing his body all over the place, playing solid defensively. He has taken a few bad penalties (thought last night's was a little weak), but everyone seems to be using him as a scapegoat. He's a 3rd/4th line center. I'd like to see him contribute at least a few points here and there, but I wouldn't say he's "passionless". The other two, absolutely agree, especially Gabs.
I was at the game last night with my father (who rarely attends games anymore) and after that sequence he turned to me and said "Ryan Callahan is worth the price of admission alone. Which is nice, because the rest of them sure as hell aren't".
That pretty much sums it up.
@TheNYRBlog son had practice, but in bits I saw of the game, thought Ritchie played better. Not a guy with a lot of emotion on-ice or off.
I think a shocking trade or firing will scare the shit out of this team. The stars are not being held accountable and that has to stop. Richards needs to be a healthy scratch to send a message, not a 3rd period benching.
I am in the process of working on a formula that involves using Cally's blood in the Gatorade. This will hopefully instill some toughness, spark and overall grit that this team is severely lacking.
I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but this team really gave up so much of that winning formula from last year to bring in more scoring and frankly it's backfired greatly so far.
@TheNYRBlog can't understand it at all but torts will keep double shifting them while kreider logs 4 mins not hurting his development tho.
Can we friggin clone him, please? That every player doesn't appreciate the fact that they have the great fortune and talent to play in the NHL they way Callahan does, and then play accordingly, is beyond me.
absolutly pathetic effor by those three last night..All three of them really need to spend a game or two up in the press box and if that doesnt work we need to trade them because thats efoortless and pathetic how much they really dont care! And if they do care they sure as hell dont show it!
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@TheNYRBlog cant belive Boyle is playing. Slow and horrible! I guess you were glad Sather plans to talk to zuc! LOL :)
@kevocavo59 Those penalties the last two games have been killers. Not smart.
@ShreddyMercury Is that like Tiger blood?
@AnnoyingJoe I agree. The guys who have played like that consistently this year all seem to be players who were drafted late, or not at all, and never guaranteed anything at this level. Guys like Girardi, Lundqvist, Hagelin, Stralman, Halpern, and Powe seem like they appreciate every game they're fortunate enough to play. The only ones who don't fit the mold are McDonagh and to a lesser extent, Miller, who's young and had his rookie mistakes. Everyone else has been inconsistent in either performance, or effort, or both, and most of them were drafted in the few rounds.
@TheNYRBlog Which I think is garbage. This team should have won last night, but progress starts somewhere. Last night it was the captain.
@kicker75 I'd love to see Gabby find an open area on the ice and snipe one the way Kane did last night. Even if he spends most of his time in the corners, no reason he can't sneak to the slot every once in a while for a pass.
Fair enough. Can't argue with you there. Maybe if he lit hte lamp a few times, or anyone on his line for that matter, some of those get swept under the rug.
@TheNYRBlog I wonder if Callahan's leadership has traction with them. When Cptn goes balls-out, troops should follow suit. Makes me wonder.
@KevinDeLury Similar except it doesn't land you in bed with models (bad) and cause you to violently destroy rooms (good).
@kicker75 @AnnoyingJoe You're right, but those guys have been more inconsistent, though thankfully not all at the same time. Staal and Stepan for example are better than they were to start, though Gaborik, Richards, and Pyatt were better earlier and tailed off until last night. Then you have Boyle, Kreider, Asham, and Del Zotto who have been inconsistent throughout the season so far. Nash got off to a slow start, but that they may have had more to do with the nagging injuries than anything else. Hopefully today is a good day for him and he's able to practice and skate again tomorrow morning.