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Callahan steps up for Rangers

By Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

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Callahan steps up for Rangers
Ryan Callahan may not have shown up on the scoresheet through the Rangers first 12 postseason games, but he stepped up when needed the most.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Ryan Callahan had one goal in a span of 12 games over the first three rounds of the postseason, but the Rangers' captain stepped up when his club needed him most.

Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 10
SOG: 53 | +/-: 2
Callahan scored three goals in the final four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, including the game-tying goal in Game 6 on Friday night, but it wasn't enough as the Devils emerged with a 3-2 overtime victory to win the series and clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

Callahan was dangerous throughout Game 6 -- he had four shots on goal and seven attempts in all. There was some speculation that he was playing with a hand injury he suffered during the first round against the Senators, but he didn't confirm that after losing Friday.

Coach John Tortorella praised Callahan afterward and said his captain wasn't 100 percent healthy.

"He's still a guy that hasn't played a whole hell of a lot of playoff hockey, but the last couple of games, I think he knew how important it was to ratchet it up," Tortorella said. "He had some struggles through the playoffs. He's a little bit banged up. But I really … the will that he showed, I thought that was very important. As a leader of the club, I really thought he had a will about his game, and it was important. I think it was important for him because it was a little bit of struggle through here, but the last couple of games he certainly led the way, as we tried to crawl back in."

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