The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight by a score of 3-1, and Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan combined for a shorthanded goal that ended up being the game winner. Immediately, I (as well as a few others) felt like I was having déjá vu. Have we seen something like that before?
Dubinsky scored tonight whereas Callahan scored last season, but it was the same two players combining to score almost identical goals. Both go on a 2 v 1 rush and the puck carrier does a toe drag around a sliding defenseman before feeding it across to the other, who buries it in the net. Both goals against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins. Both game winners.
Callahan and his line were struggling recently and we all know of the atrocious start to Dubinsky’s campaign. So it’s only fitting that they both started to turn it around once being put back together. I don’t think anyone would mistake Dubinsky and Callahan for the two best players on the team, but there’s no doubt that these two have great chemistry together and can really bring a complete game to the table that not many duo’s in the NHL can match. Let’s hope to see some more magic from these guys.