The New York Rangers nickname this season has been the Black and Blueshirts, due to their gritty play. Unfortunately, that same gritty play will cost Ryan Callahan the rest of the season due to a broken leg.
It doesn’t get much more expensive than this and it doesn’t get much more devastating than this. The Rangers will first attempt to clinch a playoff spot and then attempt to do damage in the tournament without Ryan Callahan, who will be sidelined indefinitely with the broken right leg he sustained at the Garden on Monday night blocking a Zdeno Chara shot with 1:45 to go and his team protecting a one-goal lead in what became an emotional 5-3 victory over the Bruins.
This isn’t simply about the loss of the team’s spiritual leader, though there is that. This isn’t simply about the loss of the athlete who personifies the Black-and-Blueshirt mentality that has defined this band of blue-blooded brothers, though there is that, too.
This, rather, is about losing the team’s best and most reliable forward, and one of its three most valuable players — Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal complete the trio — on the cusp of the playoffs.
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