D Marc Staal was incredulous longtime nemesis Evgeni Malkin did not receive an additional penalty after the two swung sticks at each other and wrestled at 19:48 of the first period.
Malkin hit Staal in the helmet with his stick and Staal swatted Malkin in the thigh as they jostled for position in front of the Rangers' net. Both received roughing minors after wrestling.
"He tomahawked me right on top of the helmet," said Staal, who missed 36 games last season due to a concussion. "He dazed me. I don't know how that's not called. I understand we're battling in front of the net but he's hitting down like he's chopping wood across my head."
Captain Ryan Callahan, out 10-14 days after suffering a left shoulder subluxation Tuesday, said he needed to let any inflammation subside before beginning to strengthen his shoulder. He does not have a timetable to resume skating.
"It definitely could have been a lot worse than it was," said Callahan, whose arm was tugged down hard in a third-period scrap with Max Talbot in a 2-1 win over the Flyers. "Any time you miss time, especially in a shortened season like this, it's hard."
D Matt Gilroy played 10:26 in his first game for the Rangers since April 23, 2011 after he split last season between the Lightning and Senators. He was a healthy scratch the first six games. … Stu Bickel, normally a defenseman, played 5:26 as he was used as a fourth-line forward with Callahan out. ... Rookie RW Chris Kreider (ankle/bone chips) missed his fourth straight game but skated for the second day in a row, though there's no timetable for his return. "It's hard to judge on one skate; it's important to see how it feels [today]," said Kreider, adding his ankle felt "OK." … C Derek Stepan took a team-high six shots but his still without a goal this season.
Marc Staal upset about non-call on Malkin
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