Captain's Playoff Hat

It wasn't just the fact that Ryan Callahan scored the Rangers first goal of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night that earned him the coveted Broadway Hat following the Blueshirts 4-2 victory over Ottawa. It was his all-around game---called a "monster performance" by teammate Brian Boyle---that landed Callahan the Broadway Hat.

"He played physical and a real good all-around game, just like usual," said Marian Gaborik. "He proved it again tonight---scored that big first goal, and that got us going. He does everything for us."

Callahan opened the scoring 12:01 into the first period, burying a rebound of Anton Stralman's shot. The goal was the seventh career playoff goal in 28 post-season matches for Callahan, who missed last year's playoffs due to a broken ankle.

The Ranger captain led all Blueshirt forwards with 20:34 worth of ice time Thursday, and led the entire team with seven hits---including a pair of bombs that flattened Ottawa's Matt Gilroy and Jesse Winchester on the same shift in the first period.

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