Callahan Shootout Winner is Moment of the Week
(Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5)

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan's shootout-deciding goal on Feb. 1 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo was named the Moment of the Week for Week 18 of the 2011-12 regular season. It was the third Moment of the Week honor for the 2011-12 season, tying him with Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards for the team lead. Callahan won a close vote, taking 43.3 percent of the ballot to edge Gaborik's dramatic goal late in the second period against Philadelphia on Feb. 5. Gaborik, who was knocked down on the play before scoring with 5.1 seconds left in the period, took 34.4 percent of the vote. Placing third was Michael Del Zotto's game-winner in the Feb. 5 home victory over the Flyers. Del Zotto's goal collected 22.3 percent of the fans' votes.

The Winning Moment ...

Rangers 1, Buffalo 0 (SO) at First Niagara Center
Feb. 1, 2012
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The Moment:
Ryan Callahan beats Ryan Miller in the fifth
round of OT shootout to give Rangers 1-0 win

Description: Callahan drove in on Sabres goalie Miller, faked right and then snapped a shot into the open left side. "A couple times before (in the shootout) I have tried to deke, and haven't been too lucky with that," he said. "I know Miller is pretty quick down low so I tried to fake glove and go blocker, and it went in, thank God."
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Comments from fans who voted for Callahan's Shootout Goal ...

I was at that game, surrounded by Buffalo fans.
-- Harvey Derpenstein from Brooklyn, N.Y.

It was such a great ending for such a great game.
-- Christina from Staten Island, N.Y.

The shootout went five rounds and either goalie was not giving up anything.
-- Mike Watson from Selden, N.Y.

This shows a captain leading his team to victory. Amazing!
-- Anthony D. from Staten Island, N.Y.

Callahan is my favorite player in the league. A great leader.
-- Alex Tibble from Chicago, Ill.

Our captain comes through in the clutch with a huge game-winner that prevented a two-game slide and restored the team's confidence.
-- Rob from Jackson, N.J.

The effort that Cally puts in every night is phenomenal, so to see him get such an important goal in the shootout is just awesome. The look on his face says it all!
-- Eric from Long Island, N.Y.

Just a great moment for the first-year captain. Really exemplifies how the team has got it done all year.
-- Jonathan F. from New York, N.Y.

A very dramatic and fitting end to a very competitive hockey game.
-- Sal Pisciotta from College Point, N.Y.

It was an amazing shot. If anyone else made the play, no one would make it.
-- Chelsea from New York, N.Y.

C is for Captain Cally!
-- Diane L. from Eastchester, N.Y.

Given that we don't have the greatest shootout lineup in the NHL, it was huge to come away with two points from a struggling Sabres team.
-- Ryan M. from Melville, N.Y.

This moment directly gave the Rangers a win.
-- Jack from Sandy Hook, Conn.

A great moment for a captain and Cally works so hard and deserves to feel good about leading this team.
-- David from Rumson, N.J.

Captain Callahan!
-- Katie from sparta, N.J.

The captain has to lead by example.
-- Don Valenti from Lake Grove, N.Y.

This is what a captain does.
-- Lyndon from Auckland, New Zealand

Ryan contributes so much to the team and rarely smiles after his numerous GREAT PLAYS. Here he wins the game, Lundqvist gets the shutout, and the captain finally shows his emotions. So Modest but, SO GREAT!
-- Sharon Lepore from Blooming Grove, N.Y.

Going to the shootout in a scoreless tie is gut-wrenching. Watching the Captain score is priceless!
-- Steve W. from Ozone Park, N.Y.