Update: Callahan Blocks Chara Slapshot, Out Indefinitely with Right Leg Fracture #nyr #bruins #chara #nhl
The NYPD is not reporting any 911 calls following yesterdays events, which will cause New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan to miss the rest of the season after blocking a slap shot by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara on Monday.
The Message has been clearly sent: Blocking a Zdeno Chara slapshot is unwise.
Chara says he is“always a stage ahead. That way, I work out for four or five hours, and then see the race come through. It gives you energy. Cycling is a beautiful sport.” (Source)
Ryan Callahan, then, is the latest victim falling prey to Chara’s momentum, conditioning and slapshot. One might argue that blocking the slapshot was not the wisest of decisions Callahan ever made. As reported on NHL.com,”New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced that Ryan Callahan has suffered a fracture in his right leg, and will be sidelined indefinitely.”
Callahan, who was examined by Dr. Andrew Feldman earlier today, has registered career-highs in goals (23), assists (25), points (48), power play goals (10), and game-winning goals (five) while skating in 60 games this season.
Callahan leads the team in power play goals and game-winning goals, ranks second in goals, points, and power play points (15), is tied for third in assists, and ranks second on the team and 12th in the NHL with 224 hits.
Callahan missed 19 games from December 16 to January 25 with a broken hand suffered on December 15 at Pittsburgh. Since returning from injury on February 1, he leads the Rangers in scoring with 13 goals and 24 points in 27 games.
The fifth-year veteran notched his first career hat trick and a career-high, five points (four goals, one assist) vs. Philadelphia on March 6, and recorded his 100th career NHL point with an assist at Boston on October 23. (NHL.com)
This raises the obvious question around the league: To block or not to block? The obvious answer seems to be a resounding no, and that’s good news for the Boston Bruins, who are heading into the playoffs to play either the Habs, Sabres or the New York Rangers. The playoffs begon Wednesday April 13.