It’s a good thing that the Rangers won the game last night, or else this loss of Ryan Callahan would sting even more.
Callahan broke his hand Wednesday night against the Penguins, and according to Steve Zipay the break will cause him to miss six weeks.
Break is on top of Callahan’s left hand. Not sure if it’s displaced on not. Re-exam tomorrow, but initial diagnosis is: Out six weeks.
This is obviously bad news for the Rangers. Callahan is usually an important cog for this team, but he’s been even more vital this year. Callahan currently has 10 goals and 13 assists on the year, a pace that would see him notch 60 points if he played the entire season.
He is, of course, not going to do that with the injury.
For those of you who can remember, this is similar to Brandon Dubinsky’s injury last year. I’m expecting Callahan to miss roughly 18 games this year.
It will be interesting to see how the Rangers recover from this. We’ll also keep you posted on who they bring up from the AHL, if anyone, to replace him.
However, New York suffered a loss in the game as winger Ryan Callahan broke his left hand in the first period blocking a shot.
The Penguins came into the game on the heels of a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, which snapped the team’s 12-game winning streak. It’s the first time Pittsburgh has suffered consecutive losses since dropping games to Dallas and Anaheim on November 3-5.
However, Sidney Crosby assisted on Evgeni Malkin’s goal to extend his streak to a career-high 20 games. He has totaled 20 goals and 19 assists during the run.
Brent Johnson was charged with all four goals on 22 shots in the loss.
With Pittsburgh holding a one-goal lead, the Rangers tied the game on the power play as Christensen’s shot from the left circle on the fly beat Johnson just under the crossbar at the 10:10 mark.
Moments later, Dan Girardi threw a shot on net from the right point that never made it on net. However, it caromed off a body in front and Frolov was able to backhand in his second attempt for a 2-1 lead.
Pittsburgh appeared to tie the game with just over six minutes to play when Malkin blasted a shot from the right circle that found its way past Lundqvist. However, it was waived off by an official as Pascal Dupuis was ruled to have incidental contact with Lundqvist, keeping the goaltender from attempting to make a play on the shot.
Anisimov made it a two-goal game with 5:05 to play as he danced through the neutral zone and from the left slot he snapped a shot over the glove of Johnson.
Boyle scored with 3:31 to play to cap the scoring in the contest.
The Penguins struck late in the first period to take the lead. Malkin received the puck from Brooks Orpik and skated into the New York zone down the left wing. He dropped the puck back to Crosby, who faked the shot before dishing it back to Malkin, who cut in front of the net and went backhand to forehand to guide the puck in with 12.4 seconds left.
Johnson stopped six shots in the first period and made another six saves in the second to keep the Rangers off the board. Lundqvist made seven saves in the middle period to keep it a one-goal game.
Crosby joins Dany Heatley and Paul Stastny as the only players with point streaks of at least 20 games since the start of the 2000-01 season…Pittsburgh has off until next Monday when it will host Phoenix…The Rangers return home to face Phoenix on Thursday…The Rangers have taken two of three games from Pittsburgh this season. The road team has won all three games…Rangers center Chris Drury returned to play for the first time since suffering a broken index finger on his left hand on October 15.
Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding, with his night cumulating with an absolutely jaw-dropping glove save at the end of the game to preserve his fifth shutout of the year.
The Penguins, on the other hand, are coming off their first loss (a 3-2 regulation loss to the Flyers last night) in the last 13 games. They will be hungry, they will be angry.
If Washington was a litmus test for the Rangers, then so is this game against the Penguins. Pittsburgh is a much more balanced team then Washington is, so the Rangers will have to be on their guard on all ends of the ice.
The Rangers will be looking to increase their record to 19-13-1 with the win.