The Rangers fought their way to a well earned 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Garden tonight, but the win unfortunately was overshadowed by the loss of Ryan Callahan, who succumbed to a shoulder injury early in the third period.
Callahan and Flyers forward Max Talbot were involved in an altercation to the left of Lundqvist five minutes into the final frame when Talbot seemed to pull on the Ranger captain's shoulder before falling to the ice and Callahan skated off to the locker room in a great deal of pain.
Not all was doom and gloom for the 3-3 Rangers, who imposed their will on the Flyers from the get-go in the first period. Del Zotto, who had an superb game tonight, shot a puck along the ice from the point that managed to avoid skates and sticks and found its way shortside past Bryzgalov for the 1-0 lead just under two minutes into the game.
The Flyers came out to play somewhat better to start the second period, even earning a 5 on 3 for 1:13 in the middle of the frame with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan off in the box. But the Flyers failed to capitalize and the Rangers earned themselves a powerplay and an eventual goal when Max Talbot hauled down Del Zotto.
Nash, Del Zotto and Callahan completed a nifty passing play in front of the Flyer net with the captain depositing the eventual game winner in the empty net at 11:31 of the second period.
After the Callahan injury took the air out of the Garden, the Flyers managed to get one past Lundqvist on the powerplay, following an egregious defensive breakdown which left Kimmo Timonen wide open in the high slot, who wired a shot over Lundqvist's glove hand at 7:09.
I made it a point to specifically look for Hagelin who hasn't scored now in 35 games. He was more noticeable than he's been in the Rangers first 5 games, but you would like to see him potting goals behind goalies at some point. Soon.
Lundqvist could've taken a vacation back to Frolunda during tonight's game and still the Flyers would've been held scoreless through 40 minutes. However he was his usual self when the Rangers needed the Vezina winner during the last final few frantic minutes.
Anyone seen Giroux tonight? How about Simmonds? Read? Schenn? Excellent team defense leaving the Flyers big guns irrelevant.
We've been talking a lot about the Rangers woes in the faceoff circle recently. Tonight the Rangers dominated in the circle 40-21.
Let's hope Callahan's shoulder injury isn't serious enough that it will require surgery and end his season before it really started. While he'll likely be out for a bit in the near term, it's now up to guys like Hagelin, Boyle and Pyatt to step up big time in his absence.
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I'm about half way through the first and Hags was all over. That's a great sign! Don't forget the snipe he had a few games ago that was waved off because of the Rupp penalty. Also Nash is such a savvy player in the defensive zone.
I am nauseous over what happened to Cally. It is clear from the replays that bastard was trying to break Cally's shoulder.
Happy for the Rangers win, but concerned about Callahan. Good to see the Rangers do so well on the FOs, and some of the passing plays were incredible. This said, they scored two goals on Bryz. They made him look like the second coming of Patrick Roy. And, though they gave up just one goal, I thought their defensive play continued to lack the crispness we enjoyed throughout most of last year. Said another way, they play against Pittsburgh the way they did against the Flyers tonight and we're all going to be pretty upset. JMHO.
What about Halpern's penalty killing? And Nash on the PK late with a lead is a revelation. The 4th line had a good shift early but kind of trailed off... Hey, great puck pursuit and cycling all night, looked like the rangers we all learned to love last year
@BKNY1999 Ha! Actually got to give Talbot credit for backing off Cally when he knew something was wrong.
@_Jack Officially 1:52 seconds.
Man o man Hags was amazing!!! The 11 minute mark of the first when he got back on a 2 on 1 to even it up and kill a scoring chance. Please do this every night 62!!!
@AnnoyingJoe Mick Jagr
@KevinDeLury no not during the whole game. just noticed it late in the game.
@KevinDeLury OK that wasnt me. My boxers were running all over trying to find that bitch in the surround sound
@KevinDeLury i was at the game against the thrashers a few years back when cally broke his ankle the game before against boston.... they were a different team after that game and the fans clearly remembered that tonight
@KevinDeLury I think it will be okay, the team that is. I hope this injury doesn't turn into something long term, but this team will have to get tighter in any length absence of his, and I think that they can pull through it alright.
@KevinDeLury you just gotta hope for no surgery. The only thing I draw hope from is I seriously f'd my shoulder and didn't need surgery. I broke it and dislocated it. So lets hope there's no muscular damage.
@AnnoyingJoe Easily Halpern's best game as a Ranger. Amazing job on pk. Although his broken stick kept getting in the way of Nash trying to clear the puck.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG DZ thrives in a game dominated by his team mates. He does not dominate a game.
@KevinDeLury That's what I love about this game. It's about respect, honor and the players keeping things in check. It's not about trying to seriously hurt someone and ruin their career.
@KevinDeLury @_Jack you gotta think the flyers might have planned this to get Bickle in the game. Make it look like its going to be a violent game and then tell your boys not to fight and then you face a weaker line up with Bickle in and you know you're going to gas their D. I could have given the Rangers 1:52!
@thenyrblogneill The most frustrating part is it was such a freak injury.
@NH_NYR_88 Just worried about who fills his line-up spot. Gilroy?
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Got to hope they just popped it back in and he'll be ready to go in a week or so.
@AnnoyingJoe I knew that would get a response haha I'm happy to have DZ I think he brings a good balance to Staal.
@dahjay @KevinDeLury ya you gotta appreciate that he got off so quick and actually looked concerned. It shows he respects Cally. But if he wouldn't have been such a baby and just fought him Cally would have never gotten hurt.
@NH_NYR_88 Agreed, but he's not even practicing. Still won't see him for at least a week.
@KevinDeLury Kreider is day-to-day, right? Who knows, without Callahan in the mix Torts might back off of that for a few games to see if conditioning is really all that necessary.
@NH_NYR_88 When he's healthy they will, but not sure when that'll be. Plus they might also send him to Whale for conditioning assignment first.
@KevinDeLury You think Torts tries Kreider again?
@AnnoyingJoe He was a monster on the pk. Very rare to see a superstar Ike him playing on the man down.