Rangers Win, but Callahan Hurt

A good news/bad news night for the Rangers last night.

The big club continued its recovery from a 1-3-0 start with a third win in four games, a 2-1 decision at Madison Square Garden over Philadelphia, but a pall was cast over the triumph by a third-period injury to captain Ryan Callahan.

Callahan was grappling with the Flyers’ Max Talbot and, after both fell to the ice, Callahan got up in obvious pain and skated directly to the locker room, with his left arm clearly compromised.  The television replay made it look like the injury occurred when Talbot grabbed hold of Callahan’s jersey and pulled on it, and Callahan looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he went off.

Ryan Callahan with the Wolf Pack, circa November 2007

Ryan Callahan with the Wolf Pack, circa November 2007

It looked like a shoulder injury at first blush, and indeed media reports out of New York indicate that Callahan will have an MRI on his left shoulder later today.

Sounds like Chris Kreider, who has been bothered by an ankle problem, did a light skate today but is a ways away from playing, so that leaves the Rangers with only 11 healthy forwards.  It will be interesting to see if the big club puts in a call to the Whale for a forward before tomorrow night’s game at MSG against Pittsburgh, or if the Rangers simply play Stu Bickel, who skated only three shifts last night as the Blueshirts basically went with five defensemen, up front on the fourth line, as they did for two games last week.

The Whale played a man short in Saturday’s win over Springfield, so if the Rangers do make a callup Connecticut will be down two players, unless Marek Hrivik makes a real quick recovery.  I would certainly expect the Whale to add a forward before the weekend, regardless of what the parent club does.

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