It was starting off to be a good night for Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, whose second-period goal proved to be the game-winner. However he wasn't able to stick around all game to make sure it stood up.
In the third period, the Flyers were desperate to beat Henrik Lundqvist and were swarming the cage. Naturally, the Rangers didn't take too kindly to it and started yanking Flyers away, just as Callahan did with Max Talbot. Things escalated, and they both dropped the gloves, but before a punch could be thrown the fight was over with Callahan on the ice in agony. Talbot quickly called over trainers before Callahan got up and skated off the ice slumping to one side.
Callahan suffered a shoulder injury -- the video and comments by Talbot suggest a possible separation -- and is going to miss at least a little bit of time. Lacking an update from the Rangers, it's unclear how much time he'll miss.
"He's our leader and it's tough to see him go off the ice like that," defenseman Marc Staal said (via New York Daily News). "I'm still not sure exactly what it is or how bad it is, but he didn't come back obviously. So for a guy like that not to come back, it must be pretty substantial."
It certainly didn't look good. A shoulder popping out of place is one painful experience, but if it's not too bad it isn't something that should keep Callahan out too long. It certainly didn't look good, though. Callahan was so slumped over he looked like he belonged at Notre Dame (in France, not Indiana).
It was certainly an accident, and it appears to me it might have happened when Talbot grabbed his shoulder and tugged on it, the way players do all the time in fights. Callahan let him know something wasn't right, and Talbot immediately pulled up and asked for help before skating away. It was more of the freak nature of injuries.
"We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something," Talbot said later. "Unfortunate."
No matter, it's still going to cost the Rangers their emotional leader and fan favorite (not to mention a heck of a two-way player) for at least a little bit of time.
Callahan was off to a relatively slow start, scoring just two goals in the first six games with no assists. Last season he had a career year with 29 goals and 25 assists in 76 games.
Ten days to two days for NYR Ryan Callahan. Shoulder subluxation.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 30, 2013