The Broadway Hat hung inside Dan Girardi's locker, solemn and hardly noticed, not perched on the defenseman's head as a symbol of victory, but stoic in the wake of survival.
The Rangers beat the Flyers Tuesday night, 2-1, in a Garden where the seats are now a little more worn at the edges, the 17,200 inside moaning and groaning throughout the final 20 minutes as the home team did all it could to throw away a two-goal lead with a lack of discipline.
And in doing so, they lost their captain, Ryan Callahan, who exited just over four minutes into the third period with his left arm hanging limp from his shoulder, the result of a fight he was grabbed into by the Flyers' Max Talbot. The Rangers and coach John Tortorella had no update on Callahan's status, but he did not return and left in what appeared to be serious pain.
"We rallied around that and tried to build off that," said Girardi, who spent 27:51 of his night on the ice, 6:57 of it with his team down a man, throwing his body around with utter disregard for his well-being.
"Obviously, there are still some things we need to improve on, but getting two wins in a row here and going for a third, we're getting back to Ranger hockey for sure."
Rangers triumph, but lose Callahan to injury
New York Post | Jan 30