It was a bittersweet win for the New York Rangers (3-3-0) Tuesday night as they beat their division rivals, 2-1, but lost their captain in the process.
At the 4:42 mark of the third period, Ryan Callahan dropped the gloves with Maxime Talbot following a scuffle near the Rangers' net. The fight didn't last long as Talbot pulled Callahan to the ice by his arm after very few punches were thrown.
Callahan skated off in distress, hunched over and appearing to favor his left shoulder/arm right when the "fight" ended. He never returned to the game and no word is available how much time the Ranger captain would miss.
Not long after Callahan left the game, the Philadelphia Flyers (2-5-0) cut a 2-0 deficit in half on a snipe from Kimmo Timonen. While on the penalty kill, the Rangers had all four players on the right side of the net, and when the puck spit out of the corner, Timonen was all lone in the slot with a free shot on Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Timonen got the better of Lundqvist as his shot in the crossbar and ricocheted down into the net. It was very poor play by the penalty killers, and yet again, Lundqvist was hung out to dry. Luckily, Lundqvist stood on his head the rest of the game and allowed just the one goal.
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto had a goal and an assist in this one, giving him two of each on New York's two-game winning streak. He took a shot from the blue line just less than two minutes into the game that Philly goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov couldn't stop. The Rangers had a nice screen in front of Bryzgalov, who didn't even see the puck breeze past him for a goal.
Coming into the game, the No. 1 thing the Rangers needed to fix about their game was their special teams. In the second period, all their practice seemed to pay off when Callahan netted his second goal of the season with a man advantage.
Prior to the goal, the Flyers had a 5-on-3 power play, which the Rangers were able to kill, swinging momentum in their advantage. Defenseman Dan Girardi was on the ice for about two and a half minutes on the entire penalty kill, but helped Lundqvist keep the puck out of the net. Fourth-line center Jeff Halpern was the lone forward on the 5-on-3 and broke his stick midway through the penalty kill. However, his stick was in a perfect position as it deflected a Flyer pass that Brad Richards was eventually able to clear out of the zone.
When New York killed off the entire penalty, Madison Square Garden got loud. As the Flyers' power play ended, they committed a penalty, giving the Rangers an extra man, it got even louder.
On the power play, Rick Nash took a shot from the high slot that Del Zotto tipped in front of Bryzgalov. Callahan got the rebound, calmly settled the puck down as he shifted to his right, and the easily slid a shot into the open right side of the net for his 200th NHL point.
Even with the win, the big story of this game is that Callahan left with the injury. Stay with nyrangers101 for any and all Callahan updates.
The Rangers had a huge edge on faceoffs, taking 40 of 61 draws.
Despite six power play opportunities for the Flyers, they were only able to muster one goal and tallied less shots on goal (27) than the Rangers (28).
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