Rangers captain Ryan Callahan had the game of his season Monday night, registering four points, including a shorthanded goal ,and tied his career-high with three assists, and a plus-four rating in 23:45 of ice time. It was the fourth time in his career that Callahan posted four or more points in a game, as well as his fourth shorthanded goal of his career. His last shorthanded goal came on Dec. 10, 2011 against the Buffalo Sabres.
Callahan's four points were the most he's had since March 6, 2011, when he scored four goals and an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. His last three assist game was Nov. 25, 2011 against the Washington Capitals, and his last plus-4 rating came on Dec. 12, 2010, also against the Capitals.
Callahan's first assist on Derek Stepan's first period goal was his 100th career helper.
"Our captain stepped up and made a huge play.," Rick Nash said of Callahan's shorthanded goal. "When things are going wrong and you're struggling, you look for leadership, and that's why he has a C on his jersey. He stepped up and made a huge play."
Stepan With a Pair of Goals
Less than a week after he registered a four-point game against the Flyers, Stepan followed it up two goals — including the game's first just 19 seconds into the match — against the Jets on Monday night. He finished with four shots and a plus-4 rating in 21:37 of ice time.
Monday marked the first time in his career that Stepan posted a plus-4 rating, and it was his first multi-goal game of the season.
Stepan now has 18 points, including nine goals, in his last 17 games. Stepan has never missed a game in his NHL career, and now finds himself one game shy of his 200th NHL contest.
"[His game] looks strong and he looks confident," Henrik Lundqvist said of Stepan. "He's a smart player who reads the game really well. He's a good shooter and he picks the corners. I think you can see how much he has grown and it's good for us."
Nash Adds a Goal and Assist
Nash, who — like all Rangers — was held off the scoresheet the previous two games, broke through with a goal and an assist Monday, including scoring the fourth goal to give the Rangers a two-goal lead in the third period. He finished with a plus-3 rating in 17:39 of ice time.
The 28-year-old now has 23 points, including 11 goals, in his last 21 games.
Nos. 61-21-24 Clicking
The Line of Nash, Stepan and Callahan accounted for nearly all the Rangers offense on Monday, finishing with four goals six assists and 10 points with a plus-11 rating.
"There was some chemistry out there," Nash said. "Just seemed to be clicking tonight and when we did get the opportunities tonight, we finished. Games before we couldn't find the net."