Callahan isn’t sure if he’ll be cheered at ‘fickle’ Madison Square Garden


New York Rangers fans will witness a jarring sight on Monday: Ryan Callahan in another team’s uniform.

Their former captain now plies his trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who also employ former Rangers Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle. Still, there’s no denying that Callahan’s departure was more controversial (and dramatic), so even he doesn’t know what to expect from the crowd at Madison Square Garden, as New York Newsday reports.

“I’m looking at it as another game. Obviously, it’s a little more than that, but I’m going to try and get the two points and get out of there,” Callahan said. “I don’t know [if I’ll be cheered]. It’s a fickle place there in MSG — that’s what it’s all about there. It’s a great crowd, great fans, and I’m excited to go back and play.”

The 29-year-old played parts of eight seasons with the Rangers, appearing in 450 regular season games and 59 postseason contests.

Whether it was more about term or the dollars, Rangers GM Glen Sather balked at Callahan’s asking price, eventually including him in the splashy trade that landed Martin St. Louis in New York. Callahan eventually signed a six-year, $34.8 million deal with the Lightning right before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent this past summer.

Some Rangers fans might feel some bitterness in that regard, yet it’s likely that his high-effort style left a lasting impression on many others.

It should be interesting to see how he’s received … and probably a pretty fun game to watch on its own.

Video: Boyle shootout goal disallowed


New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle thought he’d given his team a 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night.

However, Boyle put in his own rebound on the goal and it was disallowed.

Here is the official explanation from the NHL:

In the shootout of the New York Rangers/Pittsburgh Penguins game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck rebounded off the post before it deflected off Dan Boyle’s stick and into the Pittsburgh net. According to Rule 24.2, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind.” No goal New York Rangers.

Brandon Sutter eventually scored the shootout winner for the Penguins.

Blake Comeau and Evgeni Malkin scored in regulation for the Penguins.

Lee Stempniak and Martin St. Louis had the goals for the Rangers, who beat the Penguins 5-0 on Tuesday.

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in the loss while Marc-Andre Fleury improved to 10-3-0 with a 29 save performance.

Pens’ streak halted at seven following loss in New York


New York scored three times less than 15 minutes into the first period and went on to blank the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on Tuesday night.

With the loss, the Penguins seven-game win streak is over. Pittsburgh had not lost in regulation in 10 games. With the win, the Rangers avoided losing their third straight.

Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored first period goals for New York. Penguins coach Mike Johnston called a timeout following St. Louis’ fifth of the season, but could not right the ship.

Derick Brassard added his sixth of the season in the third and Rick Nash scored his league-leading 12th of the season in the third.

“We weren’t ready to compete,” Sidney Crosby said post-game. “That’s really what it came down to.

“We got outworked. It’s not fun having to say that after games. You know you don’t want to be able to say that, but we got outplayed.”

The lone bright spot for the Penguins is defenseman Kris Letang returned to the game in the second period after suffering an undisclosed injury at 11:45 of the first.

Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for his 53rd career shutout and third against the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots in the loss.

“It’s from the coaches to the players,” Johnston said. “We had to be a lot better prepared in the first 10 minutes than we were.”

The Penguins and Rangers meet again Saturday when New York travels to Pittsburgh.

Stepan time? Rangers send Mueller back to AHL


Another positive sign that Derek Stepan is nearing his season debut — on Thursday, the Rangers sent center Chris Mueller back to AHL Hartford.

Mueller, who has two points in seven games this year while averaging over 10 minutes a night, was recalled in mid-October and had been a pretty steady lineup presence under head coach Alain Vigneault. As such, his departure suggests a path is being cleared for Stepan to play for the first time this season when the Rangers take on the Leafs in Toronto on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old has been out since the preseason to a fractured fibula, weakening a center position that was already a trouble spot for New York. The Rangers didn’t have a ton of depth down the middle to begin with and, since Stepan went down, have been operating with the likes of Mueller, Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore, even giving career winger Martin St. Louis some minutes at center.

Rangers spoil Red Wings’ dramatic comeback bid


The Detroit Red Wings overcame two New York Rangers leads, but in the end the Rangers still earned a 4-3 victory in overtime.

Detroit will at least walk away with one point though thanks to a Tomas Tatar’s goal with just 7.7 seconds left in regulation time.

Derick Brassard spoiled the Red Wings comeback though with a power-play overtime marker. With that, the Red Wings have now lost three straight games, although they managed to pick up a point in two of those contests. The Rangers have needed more than 60 minutes to settle their last three games, but this is their first win over that stretch.

It initially looked like this game might be more one-sided as a shot from Brassard bounced off what appeared to be Rick Nash’s gluteus maximus to gave the Rangers an early lead. Although that marker was a case of Nash parking himself in the right place at the right time, he has been on fire this season with 10 goals in just 12 games. Martin St. Louis padded the Rangers’ lead in the second frame.

Nash nearly got his second goal of the night towards the end of the second period, but Jonas Gustavsson made a huge save that kept the Red Wings’ in the contest.

Perhaps more troubling than the loss itself is the fact that Gustavsson might have been hurt himself on the final play of the game. A trainer attended to him after the deciding goal and he appeared to be in pain as he skated off the ice, per MLive’s Ansar Khan.

Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary, who was making his season debut, each chipped in his first goal of the season.