Ryan Callahan to miss 3-4 weeks after breaking thumb

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Callahan's three goals in five games are second on the team. (USATSI)
Callahan's three goals in five games are second on the team. (USATSI)

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A rough start gets worse for the New York Rangers.

On Thursday the team announced that captain Ryan Callahan suffered a broken thumb in Wednesday night's 2-0 win in Washington and he's expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action. This is added to Rick Nash's continued absence after taking a hit to the head earlier this season in San Jose and Carl Hagelin, who is still recovering from his offseason shoulder surgery.

Callahan, one of those heart-and-soul guys, missed the first game of the season after offseason shoulder surgery. He had seemingly just worked his way back to being fully healthy only to hit another bump in the road, something the Rangers can ill afford as they try to climb out of an early hole thanks to a nine-game road trip to start the season.

As you'd probably expect given Callahan's style of play, he apparently suffered the injury while blocking a shot. What else would Callahan be doing, anyway?

Needless to say it's a brutal loss. He's the captain of the Rangers for a reason, an excellent two-way player who was getting his game going offensively with three goals in two games. That included a goal on Wednesday night against the Capitals that led to this awesome celebration (GIF via @CJZero). The pose!

In Callahan's place the Rangers recalled forward Darroll Powe, leaving one to wonder what it's going to take for Chris Kreider to get back to the NHL level.

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