Rangers prospect Ryan Callahan
did the organization proud on Monday night at the AHL All-Star Game in Toronto, scoring the game-winning goal with just over three seconds left in regulation to give PlanetUSA a 7-6 win over the Canadian All-Stars.
Callahan, a rookie who leads the Hartford Wolf Pack with 29 goals this season, picked up the rebound of a shot by Tomas Fleischmann and shot the puck over Canadian goalie Curtis McElhinney at 19:56 of the third period. The goal capped off a big comeback for the PlanetUSA team, made up of players born in the U.S. and Europe. PlanetUSA had trailed 5-2 in the second period.
Callahan's game-winning goal was his only point in the game, but it came in dramatic fashion on just his second shot of the game.
The Canadians took their final lead on a goal by Darren Haydar at 11:15 of the third period, but PlanetUSA came right back to tie it up 15 seconds later on a goal by Erik Westrum, who set the stage for Callahan.
The lone Wolf Pack representative at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum on Monday, Callahan was supposed to be joined by defenseman Daniel Girardi, who had been voted by fans as one of the Canadian All-Star team's starters. Girardi, however, was unable to play in the game because he had been recalled by the Blueshirts last week.