Some injury updates first.
Ryan Callahan, whose left hand was broken on a shot from Pittsbugh’s Kris Letang on Dec. 15, was cleared to begin light skating Sunday after an examination to night at Madison Square Garden. Callahan, who missed his eighth game last night, was 10-13-23 before he was injured. A team spokesman said there were signs of healing. He likely will be sidelined another three weeks.
Rookie D Ryan McDonagh, who was summoned from Hartford when Michael del Zotto was sent down on Monday, might see some action sooner than anticipated. Michael Rozsival, who played 16:50 but suffered bruised ribs, is considered day-to-day.
Sean Avery, who was engaged the entire game on forechecking and cycling, left in the second period after apparently blocking a shot with his left hand but returned to the bench in the third, and had a bandage on a finger. He played 3:06 in the third and finished with three shots and two other attempts. "You could tell early that sean was on. I thought it was one of his better games," said Tortorella.
Marian Gaborik (pointless) had five shots on goal and three misses and played his best offensive game in 2011....Dubinsky had a monster game game, his 11th multi-point game of the year, battling Joe Corvo for the puck in the left corner to begin the play that ended with Gilroy's goal and bulled his way to the net after a coast-to-coast run on the winner...he leads the team with 18 assists...Dale Weise played just 3:09....Marc Staal (four hits in 30:10) battled brother Eric constantly...
Gilroy: "The more you play, the more comfortable you get. That's the biggest difference so far in my game....It's easy to play with Mike sauer, he is so solid, I can take some chances." On Zuke: "Overtime winner is pretty cool for his first goal."
Home is becoming sweeter. Rangers are 8-3-1 in the last 12 at MSG and 10-8-2 overall.. Dan Girardi had four blocks and he leads the league with 118....Lundqvist's assist, (he handed the puck to Dubinsky near the crease before his end-to-end rush) was his second of the season...