Ryan Callahan doesn't hold a grudge against Flyers' Max Talbot

The Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot shoves Ryan Callahan

The Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot shoves Ryan Callahan during a game at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 29, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Ryan Callahan, who began the rehab for his dislocated shoulder Thursday, holds no grudge against the Flyers' Max Talbot, his opponent in Tuesday's third-period scrap that resulted in the injury.

"Fighting is part of the game, and if it presents itself again, then you have to do it," said Callahan, who suffered no structural damage and will miss 10 days to two weeks. "I think he could tell right away. It was good of him to stop at the end and let up on me a bit."

Callahan, who has avoided shoulder issues in his career, said he was unlucky.

"It just got caught in the wrong position and it happened," he said. "It's tough any time you miss time, especially in a shortened season; I wish I was out there. It's just a matter of getting back as soon as you can. It definitely could have been a lot worse."

Kreider on the mend

Chris Kreider (bone chip in ankle), who sat for the third game, appears to be getting closer to a full practice, grinding through a conditioning session after the optional morning skate. "[Wednesday] was light, today was a little harder," he said. "We'll see how it feels [Friday]. It's hard to judge on one skate. It felt OK. It wasn't a full skate. It was a conditioning skate with stops and starts.''

 

Blue notes

Matt Gilroy dressed for the first time this season; Steve Eminger was a healthy scratch . . . John Tortorella expects to use Jeff Halpern more on penalty kills in Callahan's absence . . . In a swipe at the media, Tortorella asked if writers, who voted Michael Del Zotto as the first star on Tuesday, watch the games. He thought Carl Hagelin should have been picked.

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