Ryan Callahan defines the word leadership. The grit and determination he plays with on the ice makes him an outstanding hockey player. The exemplary attitude and demeanor he displays off the ice makes him the kind of player that teams desire as their captain.

It was no surprise when Callahan replaced Chris Drury as the captain of the New York Rangers when Drury retired in the off season. “Cally” was the obvious choice.

This weekend, Ryan Callahan put his talents on display as the Rangers faced two tough Eastern Conference opponents.

Saturday, in Philadelphia, Callahan recorded a hat trick, including the game-winner, and lead the Rangers to a 5-2 victory. It was their fifth win of the season over the rival Flyers.

Sunday, they faced the Capitals at MSG. The Rangers held on to a 3-2 victory, despite being badly outplayed in the 3rd period. Callahan opened the scoring in the game, which set the tone because when the Rangers score first, they are nearly unbeatable.

With four goals this weekend, Callahan has 22 goals on the year, one shy of his career-high from last season. Callahan is playing the best hockey of his career and the Rangers are reaping the benefits.

What do this weekend’s victories mean for the Rangers?  The Rangers extended their Eastern Conference lead over the Bruins to seven points and their Atlantic Division lead over the Flyers to eight. They now trail the Red Wings by only one point in the President’s Trophy race (Most Points Overall) with three games in hand.

The Rangers are skating to unexpected heights this season. They believe in themselves and are playing with confidence. Ryan Callahan is the driving force behind the team’s winning attitude.