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Those cheers seemed more special this time because the captain’s run on Broadway could soon be over. The adoration surely sounded much nicer to Callahan than all the recent trade talk.
Callahan shook that off and scored two first-period goals to lead New York to its fourth straight win, 5-1 over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
“That is where I want to be, on the ice playing for the Rangers.”
Callahan staked New York to a 2-0 lead with goals 3:19 apart. Defenseman Anton Stralman added his first of the season in the second period, and Derick Brassard and Brad Richards scored in the third - with an assist from Callahan - in the Rangers‘ 10th win in 13 games.
After Callahan was stopped with a chance at a hat trick, Brassard made it 4-1 at 1:58. Richards finished the scoring with 1:36 left. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his 297th win, four shy of Mike Richter’s club record.
“I don’t think they came out very hard,” Lundqvist said. “We set the tone.”
Gabriel Landeskog, Lundqvist’s teammate with Sweden in the Olympics, scored in the second, and Russian Olympian Semyon Varlamov stopped 38 shots, but the Avalanche had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The shots were 16-2 in New York’s favor at one point, but the game was still scoreless. Callahan took care of that.
“Even though we didn’t score early, we came out and created chances,” Lundqvist said. “When we finally got that first one, I felt like we were doing so many good things.”
Carl Hagelin chipped the puck away from defenseman Jan Hejda in the Rangers zone and raced up left wing. Hagelin sent a crisp pass across to Callahan, who took it at the bottom of the right circle, shifted to his backhand and scored with 5:44 left in the first.
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