NEW YORK -- Shortly after being named winner of the New York Rangers' Steven McDonald Extra Effort award, captain Ryan Callahan showed why he has earned the distinction in four of the past five seasons.
Following a riveting speech from the trophy's namesake, the New York police officer who was paralyzed in the line of duty in 1988, the Rangers got a lift early in their game Thursday. And it was Callahan who led the way, contributing two first-period assists as the Rangers topped the Florida Panthers 6-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for victims of Monday's tragic bombing in Boston. Moments later, McDonald came out onto the ice with his wife and son, who also is an NYPD officer. Confined to a wheelchair, McDonald gave a stirring speech in which he implored the Rangers to contribute "one more shift, one more goal." He also suggested the Rangers dedicate the remainder of their season to Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Bruins fan who was killed in Monday's attack.