NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Rangers’ second-leading scorer Ryan Callahan is out indefinitely because of a broken right leg, just as New York is making a final push for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Callahan, who has a career-high 23 goals and 25 assists this season, was injured with 1:45 left in Monday night’s stirring 5-3 comeback win over the Boston Bruins that pushed the Rangers from eighth place into a tie with Montreal for sixth.
The injury won’t require surgery to fix, but is likely season-ending.
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Callahan was injured while blocking a slapshot from Zdeno Chara in the final minutes of Monday’s game against the Bruins.
“I’ll tell you this. When you’re on the bench and you see guys do what Callahan … did, it gives everyone on the team a spark,” Vinny Prospal said after watching Callahan’s block. “That’s what hockey is all about.”
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist praised Callahan after the game, saying the Rangers are “going to need guys to sacrifice their bodies” to have a better shot at winning.
“I don’t want to say I take it for granted, but the guys are there every night doing that,” he said. “The commitment they have, like Cally … getting in front of Chara’s shots at the end, is really something special.”
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The Rangers are riding a two-game winning streak. They beat Philadelphia on Sunday and followed it with yesterday’s 5-3 win over Boston, a possible first-round playoff opponent.
In 60 games this season, Callahan has 23 goals and 25 assists.
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