Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Carl Hagelin's goal with 5:57 remaining in
the third period staked the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Chicago
Blackhawks, a result that ended the defending Stanley Cup champion's 10-game
Brad Richards scored in the first period and helped set up Hagelin's clincher
later on, while Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 35 shots in New York's 12th win
in its last 16 outings on the road.
"Beating the Stanley Cup champions in this building is not an easy task," said
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "We knew it would take our best effort,
and it did."
Chicago, which came in 6-0-4 over its last 10 outings, overcame an early 2-0
deficit on second-period goals from Jonathan Toews and Brandon Bollig, with
Corey Crawford coming through with 29 saves in a losing cause.
Crawford was able to keep the contest locked at 2-2 with several impressive
stops to begin the third period, including close-range denials of Derick
Brassard and Ryan Callahan before the Rangers' Marc Staal struck the post with
a blast from the point 4:35 in.
New York kept the pressure on, though, and was rewarded when the Blackhawks
failed to clear the zone and the Rangers got the puck to Staal for another
long shot. Crawford kicked it away, but Hagelin was in position to lift the
rebound over the netminder's glove for the go-ahead score.
Lundqvist withstood a late barrage to make the lead hold up, notching four
saves with Crawford pulled with just over a minute to go.
"In the end Hank came up big, like he's supposed to!," said Vigneault in a
Lundqvist was sharp in the first period as well, swatting away all 15 shots he
faced as the Rangers raced out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Richards and Mats
After taking in a pass off the boards from Callahan, Richards slid a shot
between Crawford's pads just over five minutes in to sent New York in front.
The Rangers then capitalized on a power play midway through the frame to
extend the margin, with Zuccarello storming down the left side and blowing
past a defender before successfully depositing a wraparound try.
"I think early in the game we didn't have that pace we were looking for,"
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville remarked. "It took us a while to get
Chicago scored on a man-advantage situation to close the gap with 6:17 elapsed
in the second period, then struck again less than two minutes later to draw
Patrick Sharp had a long drive blocked in front of the New York net with the
Blackhawks skating on a 5-on-4, but Toews put the rebound over Lundqvist's
shoulder through a screen to get Chicago on the board.
Shortly after, Bollig ended a 3-on-2 rush with a wrister that beat Lundqvist
to the stick side to knot the score at 2-2 at the 8:05 mark.
The Blackhawks had earned a point in nine straight on home ice, having gone
6-0-3 over that stretch ... The Rangers improved to 18-2-1 when scoring the
game's first goal this season ... Forward Daniel Carcillo, acquired by New
York from Los Angeles on Saturday, made his Rangers' debut and drew a penalty
that led to Zuccarello's tally. Carcillo played in 51 games while spending the
previous two seasons with the Blackhawks ... Sharp has nine goals and four
assists over his last eight games ... New York went 1-for-2 on the power play
and is 19-of-74 (25.7 percent) with the man advantage on the road this season.