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The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/6/11 — Ryan Callahan
With the final few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference still up for grabs, the New York Rangers haven’t been making things any easier for themselves as of late. The Blueshirts entered yesterday’s matinee game against the Philadelphia Flyers in seventh-place, only five points clear of tenth-place Toronto, who also had a game in hand.
Much of their playoff uncertainty was a result of their lack of scoring. Prior to beating Ottawa 4-1 on Friday night, the Rangers had scored only four goals in their previous three games, all home losses. Ryan Callahan would equal that total on his own Sunday afternoon, as the 25-year-old winger netted four goals and added an assist during a 7-0 rout of the first-place Flyers.
The win moved the Rangers seven points ahead of the Maple Leafs, and three clear of ninth-place Carolina. With his five point effort, Callahan not only gave his club more breathing room in a crowded Eastern Conference, but it also tied him with eleven other players for the highest single-game point total this season. As a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, March 6, 2011.