Did we speak too soon? The Rangers sure shut me up in that second, scoring four unanswered. Ryan Callahan, we H-E-A-R-T you. Every fan loves how your represented us along with Dru for Team USA. How impressive was Cally in Vancouver? He even won some enemy fans.
How does he respond to a high Matt Carkner hit in flat first period? By getting the four-goal barrage started by inside outing Carkner and beating Brian Elliott (4 GA on 7 shots) with a forehand deke top shelf. The man is the heart and soul of this team, proving it once again by doing whatever it takes to put turn this game around- scoring twice, blocking shots and just making key defensive plays. His teammates responded after a Tort timeout following icing by lighting up Elliott for three in 2:02 breaking it open. At the time, that lone Cally shot which was hard to see go in because it stuck in net was the only one halfway through.
Brandon Dubinsky scored his 14th, using a sliding Anton Volchenkov as a screen whistling one upstairs. Then, a hustling Callahan who started the play with solid play in end, got to a Sean Avery rebound backhanding his second of the night home. He's now up to 17 on the season. Five away from last year's career high 22. Not bad for a guy who got out slowly. Avery then struck off a great Enver Lisin backhand set up finishing off a 2-on-1 on the doorstep, chasing Elliott. Much rumored Dan Girardi started the play with a great read in his end.
Near the period's conclusion, birthday boy Henrik Lundqvist made a big save on Ryan Shannon before who else but Cally cleared the zone. One period to go.
The crow is warming up.