American hero Ryan Callahan is well known by Capitals fans and not for good reasons. When he captained the New York Rangers, his Rags beat our Caps twice. Despite what the national media likes to tell us, he’s not really the most honorable player.
That’s why it felt good to see Callahan fall like a sack of bricks to the ice after he got punched in the mush by Braden Holtby.
As Lightning forward Cedric Paquette shot the puck at the net, Callahan crashed the creased. For Braden Holtby, something about this net-crash rubbed him the wrong way. He morphed into Ron Hextall, and put his goalie glove right into Callahan’s face.
Here’s another look from Clyde Caplan.
— clyde (@clydeorama) April 13, 2014
Ouch is right.
Callahan slowly skated off the ice and checked his patriotic mug for blood.
Even though 100 times out of 100 this should be called a penalty, it’s nice to have Aggressive Braden back.
And one note to National Hockey League forwards, stay out of his crease or pay the consequences.