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Ryan Callahan Out For the Year: What It Means for the New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2011 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Anthony PucikCorrespondent IApril 5, 2011

It seems as though the Rangers cannot celebrate a victory these days without some bad news coming from it.

The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins in dramatic fashion last night at Madison Square Garden.  After being down 3-0, the Rangers rallied to score five unanswered goals on the way to a 5-3 victory. 

The two points the Rangers acquired from the win allowed them to leap past the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference standings to seventh and put them four ahead of the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes.

Unfortunately, this victory came with a price. 

It was announced earlier today that Rangers winger, Ryan Callahan, will be out indefinitely, and most likely for the remainder of the season after breaking his ankle in the Rangers' victory last night. 

The injury occurred with a few minutes remaining in the third period, when Callahan blocked a slap shot off the stick of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who has the hardest slap shot in the game today.

Ryan Callahan has been nothing but a workhorse for the Rangers this season.  He does it all.  Playing in only 60 games, due to another injury that kept him sidelined much of December and January, Callahan leads the Rangers in power play goals. 

He is also second on the team in goals and points, and third in assists.

One stat that does not show up on a stat card is the penalty kill.  Ryan Callahan is arguably the best penalty killing forward on the New York Rangers. 

He gets in front of every shot and is very good at clearing and controlling the puck when the Rangers are a man short.

Without Callahan, it is going to be very difficult for the Rangers to do any damage in the playoffs, if they even make it. 

Callahan is such a crucial player in every aspect of the game; he's one of the best offensive players on the team, especially on the power play, he's a great defensive forward, especially on the penalty kill, and the energy that he brings on the ice is one like no other on the team.

The way the Rangers had been playing against playoff teams recently, I saw them possibly making it to the second round if they ended up making it. 

But now with Callahan's injury, I don't see the Rangers getting very far.

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