A short February schedule of four games started Tuesday night, and the Rangers hoped to carry over one critical element of their 11-4-1 run: the penalty-kill, ranked seventh in the league at an 83.1 success rate.
Through the last 16 games, the Rangers killed 35 of 43 power plays, and had allowed just one goal in the last nine chances. In the lockout-shortened 48-game season of 2012-13, the Blueshirts finished 15th in the NHL while shorthanded.
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Looking for gold
Winning the silver medal in Vancouver in 2010 was an accomplishment, Callahan said, but gold is the target in Russia. "We put pressure on ourselves," he said.
Marc Staal was missing from the morning skate, but not because of an injury or illness. The defenseman and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Anna Veralyn, to New York.