Amidst a pretty impressive Rangers victory, the blueshirts suffered a devastating loss. Ryan Callahan almost assuredly has a separated shoulder, and we can expect him to be out weeks, if not months. In a condensed season, this is horrendous news. Not just because the Rangers lack any depth whatsoever in the minors that can help, but more importantly, the line of Stepan, Callahan and Hagelin had a spectacular game till the injury. The trio generated tons of scoring chances and were finally showing signs of being the second line we hope and pray can come behind a very top heavy team with the trio of Gaborik Nash and Richards all loaded on one line.
Make no mistake folks, this one hurts. Big time. More than any game loss, losing our captain is awful. A team that is having trouble killing penalties just lost it’s best PKer. A team that has shown signs of laziness and lack of desire early in the season just lost their motor that keeps them running.
This, is huge.
It’s not all doom and gloom of course. The Rangers have more than enough leaders to take over for Cally, but you can’t underestimate the value that man brings to this team. Let’s all pray he’s out weeks rather than months.
On the plus side though, the Rangers played their 3 great game out of the last 4 they’ve played. Putting on a clinic at times, and if not for a near heroic effort by Ilya Bryzgalov, who for reasons unbeknown to me was not one of the 3 stars, they would have crushed the Flyers.
Despite Tortorellas inexplicable “dumbness” comment, I for one thought Carl Hagelin was our best player tonight. What a frikkin game by the kid. He had an awful start to the season, but tonight he was all over the place. Skating his ass off, setting up plays, but just unable to finish. Phenomenal game. I don’t usually say this, but screw Torts, the kid deserves a pat on the back.