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."
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday