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Callahan named NHL's second star for the week

Ryan Callahan led the league with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games this past week.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Ryan Callahan led the league with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games this past week.

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Lightning wing Ryan Callahan has had a scoring resurgence recently.

And Callahan was rewarded Monday by being named the NHL's second star for the week, having led the league with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games. Nashville's Filip Forsberg was No. 1 star and Canadiens' goalie Mike Condon No. 3.

Callahan, thriving on a hot top line with Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos, has five goals in his last seven games after tallying just one in his previous 41.

"It's confidence coming together," Callahan said. "I'm getting the bounces here and there. I didn't change the way I'm playing. Earlier in the year, was not putting up the points I needed to and that weighs on you for sure. But I tried to keep it going. It's nice to get rewarded but especially when the team is winning too."

More from today: The Lightning didn't have a morning skate, and won't have any availability until post-game, so the lineup won't be known until warmups. But expect G Andrei Vasilevskiy in net, having picked up two wins this season against Toronto, including a shutout Jan. 27... D Matt Taormina was reassigned to AHL Syracuse, which could mean D Jason Garrison is ready to return from a lower body injury.. Though C Tyler Johnson left Sunday's game late after taking a puck to his forehead, he's likely to play tonight... The Maple Leafs called up several prospeccts from AHL Toronto, including Nylander, which some have suggested is fitting timing with Tampa Bay in town to give Stamkos a preview of what the future Leafs will look like. Speaking of Stamkos, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Stamkos looks as good as he has since he broke his leg a few years ago...Stamkos can tie his career high with seven straight games with a goal tonight...Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety today regarding his illegal check to the head Sunday of C Cedric Paquette. Paquette left the game temporarily but returned to open the second period.

[Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 1:14pm]

    

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