The New York Rangers suffered what could be a huge loss when forward Ryan Callahan blocked Kris Letang's slap shot in the first period. The Rangers announced during the first intermission that Callahan suffered a broken right hand on the play and he did not return to the game.
"Obviously, we lose Cally and we're shorthanded against one of the best teams in the league, so we just tried to grind it out, get pucks to the net, and we were able to get some real nice individual goals down the stretch," said captain Chris Drury, who had missed all but one period of the Rangers' season with a broken finger before returning against Pittsburgh. "Word travelled fast when Cally got hurt, and that wasn't a good feeling at all."
Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.
— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com