Rangers lose captain Ryan Callahan for 3-4 weeks with broken thumb

Not much has gone the New York Rangers' way to start this season. Huge losses. Injuries to important players. It's enough to make one wonder if they, like the Philadelphia Flyers, were cursed by a witch.

How else to explain this latest stroke of misfortune? The club earned a big 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday night, but it came at the expense of captain Ryan Callahan. Sometime during the game, Callahan broke his thumb blocking a shot. He's out 3-4 weeks.

From Blue Shirts United:

After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery and grinding his way through an arduous rehab in order to return to the lineup by the second game of the season, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan found out on Thursday that he suffered a broken thumb during Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals. This latest injury is expected to sideline Callahan three to four weeks.

The timing of the injury certainly is inopportune as the Rangers already are playing without star forward Rick Nash, who has missed three games since being on the receiving end of an elbow to the head last Tuesday in San Jose, and speedy winger Carl Hagelin, who is on long term injured reserve following his own off-season shoulder surgery. Hagelin must sit out the next four games at minimum before being eligible to play again for the Blueshirts.

Darroll Powe has been called up to fill the vacant roster spot.

That's a kick in the teeth. After surrendering 20 goals in their previous three games, all losses, the win, let alone the shutout performance from Lundqvist, was such a good sign. Things were looking up. But for a team showing signs of righting the ship, losing the captain is a big blow.

Can the Rangers weather the storm without Callahan?

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