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."
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres