Bishop received two blows to the face. Tampa Bay’s Eric Brewer pushed Callahan’s stick up into Bishop’s mask and then followed with his own high-stick to his own goalie. Bishop reacted in a huge show to Brewer’s stick to the face and Callahan was called for the penalty.
“My stick hits the goalie in the face,” Callahan said of the play. “It’s tough. You don’t always get the calls to go your way. They get one there. Then there was a little bit of a lapse, and then they score another one.”
“I told [the ref] that,” Callahan said of Brewer’s high-stick. “Brewer lifted my stick there. The play was dead, so I wasn’t really holding my stick too tight. Even Brewer apologized and said it was him. It’s a tough one to take.”
That penalty led to a power play goal from Victor Hedman (TBL) at 1:10. Just nine seconds after the puck dropped again, Nikita Kucherov (TBL) scored again for Tampa. This was the fastest consecutive goals scored in Tampa Bay history.
(The two Tampa Bay Lightning goals begin at the 3:00 mark.)
Callahan believes his penalty helped to shift the momentum of the game.
“Obviously, because they scored [that one] and then scored right after, you know it does,” Callahan said. “At the time, it’s tough to say if that penalty is going to change the momentum. It’s tough. Those are the breaks that happen in the game so quickly. I understand the refs see what they see. You’ve got to live with it and move on.”
“The second goal is a little bit disappointing, not to say frustrating,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the game. “It was something we had talked about this morning. It was shown on video. They had done the exact same play a couple of seconds before…three shifts before, as a matter of fact. We went through it this morning. It just happened a couple of minutes before and then for them to get the breakaway off of that was certainly very disappointing.”
The other disappointing factor was his team’s inability to get the equalizer.
“We had enough chances to comeback,” Vigneault added. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to find ways to score more goals.”
Center Brad Richards was the only Ranger to score in the contest. His goal came at 11:55 in the first period.
“I thought it was a little bit of an inconsistent game but a good effort at home,” Callahan said of the contest. “We have to carry that into Detroit.”
The Rangers host Detroit Thursday. This is their second contest against the Red Wings. Their last meeting on Oct. 26 resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Rangers. This is the final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs.