Callahan's OT Goal vs. Pens is Moment of the Season

The fans have spoken. Rangers alternate captain Ryan Callahan's overtime goal on Nov. 15, 2010, at Pittsburgh has been named the Moment of the Season for 2010-11. Callahan's goal, which capped off an amazing comeback victory, won the title by the slimmest of margins over Mats Zuccarello's first NHL goal vs. Carolina on Jan. 5, 2011, at The Garden. Callahan claimed 50.7 percent of the voting by Rangers fans, while the Zuccarello goal took 49.3 percent of the vote.

Thanks to all who voted throughout the Moment of the Season balloting, which began back on May 10, when there were 32 candidates in the running. One lucky fan who voted in at least one of the final three rounds (quarterfinals, semifinals or finals) was the winner of a limited edition 85th Anniversary hockey stick signed by the entire New York Rangers team. That winner was informed on June 3.


The Winning Moment ...

Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2 at CONSOL Energy Center
Nov. 15, 2010
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The Moment:
Ryan Callahan puts home a perfect pass
from Brandon Dubinsky at 3:28 of overtime

Description: The Rangers earned an emotional 3-2 overtime win, secured on Callahan’s goal at 3:38 of the extra period. Callahan tapped in a smart, delayed pass from Dubinsky off a 2-on-1 rush to win a game that the Blueshirts had trailed by a goal with less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation.
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Comments from fans who voted for Callahan's goal ...

The boys were defensively perfect in this game, and they had to be -- six penalties against and zero for is really "fair" after all. But Dubi and Cally found a way, and every Rangers fan was out of their seat cheering at home for it. What could be better?
-- Rich DeFrancisco from West Islip, N.Y.

This game defined what this team was this year -- a hard-working group of guys with a never-give-up attitude. In other words, a team we have never been more proud of!
-- Melissa Andus from Staten Island, N.Y.

This moment was by far the most memorable. During this game, I remember going from hopeless, to interested, to excited, to ecstatic. There is no contest -- this moment defined the 2010-2011 New York Rangers.
-- John Grady from Bernardsville, N.J.

Callahan is the heart and soul of the Rangers. Callahan has been great and showed a lot grit with his comeback after his first injury. This is just one of thousands more moments to come from a true Ranger.
-- Matthew Hitchens from Jersey City, N.J.

The Rangers stole this game away from the refs and Penguins. This is a never-say-quit team and they proved it with that win.
-- Muhammad Elbana from Morganville, N.J.

Callahan showed true heart this season -- battling through injuries and being a key part of getting the Rangers to the postseason. Who better to be the holder of the Moment of the Season?
-- Mike Cullen from Winnipeg, Manitoba

The fact Staal tied it up after having the 1-0 lead slip away in the last couple minutes, and to have Cally bury it on the 2-on-1. A classic moment in Rangers history!
-- Paul Suggs from San Clemente, Calif.

The way the game went -- to lose the lead and then come back to tie and then win -- was a huge character booster!
-- Jimmy Girolamo from Mahopac, N.Y.

I still remember the night it happened. It's a moment I would have loved to witness in person.
-- Michael DiBiase from New Fairfield, Conn.

The game looked over after we were shorthanded. Best game of the season, hands down.
-- Brett Scharf from North Brunswick, N.J.

It was a great end to game where most thought the Rangers were finished.
-- Katie Cresser from Massapequa Park, N.Y.

When I think about the season. this is the first moment that pops into my head.
-- Rebecca Barthelmess from East Patchogue, N.Y.

It was a miracle that they won that game! We beat the Penguins and the refs!
-- Carsten Kokolakis from Brooklyn, N.Y.

A huge turn of events and a huge win when all seemed to be working against us.
-- Brian Markham from Alexandria, Va.

It was such a nice goal, and such an important one as well. I remember dancing around the whole house when Callahan scored.
-- Ivan Gibanica from Skillingaryd, Sweden

This was such an amazing goal against a hated opponent, and I will always remember it.
-- Rich Milbouer from Brooklyn, N.Y.

This was an unbelievable, jump-out-of-your-seat-screaming moment from two of the best Rangers that I will always remember.
-- Tara Quigley from West Orange, N.J.

Callahan and Dubinsky represent everything the Rangers are becoming and should be for years to come.
-- Eli Perez from Bronx, N.Y.