If you’re Ryan Callahan, I’m assuming there are worse ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day than by scoring two goals at the Garden. What’s better is you get to again be the featured audio on the blog (fulfilling the trifecta of all boyhood hockey dreams: Stanley Cup, Olympic gold, Sam’s blog).[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/callahan0317.mp3]
It was a good night for the kid, as it was for just about anyone around the Rangers not named Martin Straka. The early indication from Tom Renney is that Straka’s right knee (the team is saying “lower body injury”, but it sure looked like a knee to me) isn’t as bad as the other three Rangers who recently sustained similar injuries. And a telling sign is the fact that the team is already listing him as day-to-day, so maybe there actually is some hope.
Meanwhile, it was also not a very good night for Aaron Ward, who apparently ticked off Al Trautwig enough by not talking to MSG, and who seemed to miss assignments on each of the Rangers’ first two goals. Not exactly the return he had envisioned. But then, Ward had plenty of company: The Bruins were dreadful tonight. I really think the Rangers tapped into something offensively. But let’s just say I’d be a little more convinced if they did it against goalies other than Tim Thomas and Joe MacDonald.