Ryan Callahan named NHL's second star of the week
Since re-joining Steven Stamkos on the top line, Callahan has been on fire! And he's been recognized for it.
The NHL named Ryan Callahan second star for the week of February 21 thru 28 as he has gotten first-star recognition twice in the past week. Here is his snippet from the press release.
SECOND STAR – RYAN CALLAHAN, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Callahan tied for second in the League with six points in three games (2-4—6) as the Lightning (36-22-4, 76 points) won all three starts to finish the week second in the Atlantic Division riding a six game winning-streak overall. Callahan began the week by notching one assist in a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Feb. 23. On Feb. 26, he registered two assists in a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils and followed that up with a two goal, one assist performance in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Feb. 28. Callahan, 30, a native of Rochester, N.Y., has recorded 10-18—28 in 61 games for the Lightning this season.
It hasn't just been Ryan Callahan that has been hot. Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos are now on quite a streak together as a reformed top line. Over the past 6 games since being put together, Stamkos has 6 goals and 3 assists for 9 points including a 6 game goal-scoring streak, Killorn has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points and is on a 3 game point streak. Callahan has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points and is on a 4 game point streak.
This bodes well for the Lightning as the Triplets have only just recently started to click again and haven't gotten going to their full capability. If they can click, as well as this rejuvenated top line, then the Lightning can be a very scary team going into the playoffs.
Top that off with a third line of Cedric Paquette, J.T. Brown, and Valtteri Filppula being put out as a shut down line and a group of responsible, but offensively capable forwards on the fourth line in Vladislav Namestnikov, Brian Boyle, and Jonathan Marchessault and this may be one of the best forward groups top to bottom outside of the Chicago Blackhawks.