It wasn’t always pretty, or easy, but the New York Rangers have returned to their winning ways against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 victory in regulation.
Michael Del Zotto scored early in the first period against the Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov. Del Zotto now has a goal in each of his last two games.
Captain Ryan Callahan earned his 200th NHL point and had the game-winning goal on the power play in the second period. Callahan now has 107 goals and 93 assists in 366 career games.
However, his big night offensively was cut short when he tangled with the Flyers’ Max Talbot early in the third period. Talbot was caught tripping Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, and Callahan intervened. Callahan and Talbot grabbed a hold of one another near the Rangers net, and both fell to the ice. Almost immediately, Callahan visibly grimaced in pain and Talbot immediately let go and motioned for team medics to come over. Callahan instead skated off the ice as fast as possible with his left arm looking at the minimum dislocated. He immediately went into the locker room.
As of Tuesday night, the New York Rangers official Twitter account stated that there would be no update on his status tonight, and that it would most likely be reported some time tomorrow.
Torts says he does not have an update on Ryan Callahan’s injury status yet
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 30, 2013
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) January 30, 2013
Ryan Callahan 200th NHL Point
Ryan Callahan – Injury while fighting Max Talbot
After the game, NHL.com reporter Dave Lozo caught up with Talbot and asked for his thoughts on the injury.
“We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something. Unfortunate” said Talbot. He continued, “I let him go. I kind of felt it, but then I saw his face as well.”
Less than three minutes after the fight between Callahan and Talbot, the Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen scored to cut the lead down to one.
With an excellent penalty kill late in the third period, the Rangers were able to hold off and take the win. The Rangers are now .500 for a 3-3-0 record this season.
After the game, Henrik Lundqvist shared his thoughts on the win against their divisional rivals.
“We played smart, hard, and really aggressive, I think. It was a good game. A good win for us.”
The Rangers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time so far this season on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7pm. The Rangers lost to the Penguins in regulation on Jan. 20 6-3.