Ryan Callahan's Best in-Game Moments as a New York Ranger
It's official now. Ryan Callahan is gone.
If you're a Rangers fan, odds are you've already been feeling as if your significant other of eight-plus years just dumped you, but if not, here are 10 moments from Cally's career that will bring a tear to even the manliest Blueshirts' fan's eye.
Game-Winner on His Birthday
Ryan Callahan celebrated his 27th birthday in style on the ice at Madison Square Garden, rifling a shot past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin for the overtime winner.
The goal came one game after the Rangers had just snapped a four-game losing streak, a rarity during their campaign to the top of the Eastern Conference in 2011-12.
Coming Back from Vancouver in Style
In their first game back from Olympic play in 2010, Ryan Callahan didn't have an Olympic break hangover.
This beautiful inside-out move wasn't something Cally pulled off regularly, but he made Matt Carkner look silly before going top shelf against Brian Elliott.
The Rangers would go on to win, 4-1, and Callahan added another goal later in the period, too.
Two Hits, Two Blocked Shots with No Stick
Ryan Callahan was usually the best penalty-killer on the New York Rangers from the moment he first dawned the red, white and blue sweater.
The Winnipeg Jets may have ultimately scored after Callahan's shift ended in this game, but the series of events prior to the goal exemplify the type of fearless player Cally is on the ice, always willing to sacrifice his body for the team.
He recorded two blocked shots and two hits, all with no stick, during his shift.
Shorthanded Goal vs. Winnipeg Jets
No, this is not the same game that's featured in the previous slide. It may feel like deja vu, but you could really say that just about anytime Ryan Callahan was on the penalty kill.
Some of the most important traits Callahan possesses are his patience and creativity, both which tend to go under the radar.
Here, they're met with his shorthanded vigilence for a highlight-reel goal.
Catching Martin Brodeur Sleeping in the Quarterfinal
It didn't take Ryan Callahan too long to understand the importance of the New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers rivalry.
This Game 1 goal was a big one in the 4-1 quarterfinal series victory for the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts went on to win, 4-1, and their only loss in the series came in overtime in Game 3.
100th Career Goal in OT Against the Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Callahan's poise is on display in this goal. Brandon Dubinsky makes a pass that ends up in his skates, but he's able to corral the puck to his stick, get past Patrick Kaleta and snipe it past Ryan Miller.
Callahan's Rangers topped the Sabres three times out of four, including a game in December where Callahan had a goal in a 4-1 win.
Completing the Unlikely Comeback, Sealing the Gordie Howe Hattrick
Not only did the Penguins take a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes to play, but the Rangers were slapped with an unsportsmanlike penalty when Henrik Lundqvist reacted poorly afterward.
Ryan Callahan was on the ice for the shorthanded goal that tied the game, had a fight earlier in the game, and then tapped in the beauty of a pass from Brandon Dubinsky for the game-winner.
Ryan Callahan's First Career Hat Trick/Four-Goal Game vs. Flyers
Ryan Callahan was huge in this afternoon matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.
All of the traits that make Cally a great player were on display in this game, too.
The first goal is a great showing of the former captain's nose for the net.
Goal No. 2 shows how in-tune to the game Cally is, catching Brian Boucher cheating for the pass and making him pay.
The third goal is an example of Callahan's strong forecheck and underrated hands.
The fourth? Well, that's just great positioning.
Clinching a Playoff Berth in Overtime vs. the Carolina Hurricanes
Last season didn't quite go as planned for the New York Rangers. They were expected to be among the top contenders in the East, but barely made the playoffs.
Late-season success is to thank for their playoff appearance, and Ryan Callahan came up clutch in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes after the Rangers had failed to maintain their lead in regulation.
Callahan had 26 game-winning goals as a New York Ranger.
And Yet Another Hat Trick vs. Philadelphia
If any team is rejoicing Ryan Callahan's departure from the Metropolitan Division, it's the Flyers.
Callahan's prowess around the net was always solid, and his ability was on full display yet again against Philly on Feb. 11, 2012, as he netted another hat trick in a big win.