Notebook: Callahan, power play & Dubinsky

May, 18, 2012
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Ryan Callahan hopes he can start filling the stat sheet.

The Rangers' captain has just six points in 16 playoff games, notching three goals and three assists. He last scored a goal in Game 4 against Washington, and his last assist came in Game 5 of that series. In the first two games against the Devils, he has just two shots on goal.

While the team has struggled collectively on offense, Callahan wants to break out.

"It's tough, I want to contribute more offensively, there's no secret to that," Callahan said Friday. "I think the big thing for me is concentration on the other parts of my game right now and making sure I'm not cheating to create an opportunity or jumping too early. Just keep working and it will come. This is a tough time of year to be struggling offensively but I have to keep with it and keep going."

Callahan, who scored 29 goals and tallied 25 assists during the regular season, said he doesn't want to try to think too much about his struggles. He talked about placing himself in front of the net in hopes of a "greasy" goal. He's scored just one goal in the past 12 games.

The forward wants to shoot the puck more, without compromising the other facets of his game. Callahan mentioned being able to block shots and being responsible in the defensive zone.

"I think sometimes when guys are struggling to score they get away from the other parts and try to cheat too much and that's going to do nothing but hurt you," Callahan said. "I have to stick with it and keep going and eventually it's going to break here. It's just a matter of time."

POWER PLAY: The Rangers have scored 11 of their 34 playoffs goals on the power play, but head coach John Tortorella has not been impressed. The Rangers are just 2-for-8 against the Devils, but those two goals are 40 percent of their offense in the series.

"I think it's been pretty crappy at times," Tortorella said. "The power play is a funny thing. Special teams are a funny thing, even when there are struggles sometimes you find a way. Sometimes when you move the puck well and it's working, you don’t score. We scored a couple obviously and we've got to come behind that with some 5-on-5 goals."

DUBINSKY ON ICE: Forward Brandon Dubinsky skated Friday for the first time since suffering a right-foot injury in Game 7 against Ottawa on April 26. He wore a non-contact jersey and did not practice with the team. Tortorella gave no indication that Dubinsky is close to returning to the team. The Ranges face the Devils in Game 3 on Saturday.

"No update," Tortorella said. "He was able to get on the ice but other than that there's no other update."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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