Getting ready to leave MSG. More big-picture stuff tomorrow, micro stuff here.
Here’s some Elias Sports Bureau research for ya: Callahan had two goals on his 24th birthday in 2009. And he is the only Ranger to score a game-winning overtime goal on his birthday.
Tortorella said he thought Callahan was the best player on the ice at the end of the game, but cited two plays as the biggest: Lundqvist’s glove save on when Michael Del Zotto whiffed on a bouncing puck about six minutes after Henrik Zetterberg gave the Wings a 1-0 lead and Valtteri Filppula cut in alone. But Lundqvist (26 saves) stopped his backhanded breakaway bid. The other came with six minutes left in regulation when Marc Staal slid to break up a 2 on 1.
Staal, wearing the Broadway Hat, on his game: “It’s starting to come. It’s been a struggle at times. But getting back to playing more physical, getting that snarl back, trying to get into guys faces more and more, I think that helped.” He played 22:07.
Callahan on Richards’ coast-to-coaster: “He walked through the defensemen and that’s what he’s been bringing to us lately. He has his confidence and when he’s playing like that, he’s fun to watch.”
Del Zotto logged a game-high 26:53…The Wings dominated faceoffs, 69 percent to 31….Torts said he thought that Ruslan Fedotenko, a healthy scratch, would not be benched forever. “He’s just been a little deliberate, but he’s going to get another opportunity,” given his track record in the playoffs…The Rangers, who pulled within one point of St. Louis for first in the league in points, are off tomorrow….