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New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Talbot's 31 saves helped the New York 
Rangers take a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game since the 
Olympic break for both clubs. 

Derick  Brassard and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers, who had won five of six 
going into the break. 

"The  guys  had a great  game and a  win is a win,"  said Nash. "I don't think 
anyone  expected  the game  to be this  tight, but  it was a  huge win and two 
points." 

Peter Regin scored late and Corey Crawford posted 22 saves for the Blackhawks, 
who have dropped their past two games. 

"I  thought we were  a little off on our timing and our passing," said Chicago 
head  coach Joel Quenneville. "They played great defense, but I don't think we 
put enough pucks on the net and enough bodies in front of the net." 

New  York scored halfway through the first period as a turnover in the Chicago 
end  saw  Benoit Pouliot  get the  puck at the  left circle  and center it for 
Brassard, who followed up his initial shot and buried the rebound for his 12th 
of the season. 

Talbot  made 12  saves in  the first  then posted  seven in  the second,  with 
Crawford stopping all 11 he faced in the middle stanza to keep Chicago down by 
one. 

Nash  provided  some insurance with  4:07 to play as  he skated down the right 
wing  and had  the puck knocked away.  He gathered it in the circle and skated 
out  to the right circle before picking the corner with a wrister for his 19th 
of the season. 

Regin  scored  with 11.6  seconds left  to break up  Talbot's shutout, and the 
Blackhawks  nearly  tied the game  in the final moments  as Patrick Kane had a 
rebound chance at the right side. 

Talbot,  though, kept it out with a sliding left pad save and New York held on 
for the win. 

                                   Game Notes 

New  York  plays at Philadelphia  on Saturday  ... Chicago hosts Pittsburgh on 
Saturday ... New York won both games against Chicago this season, taking a 3-2 
win on Jan. 8 in the Windy City. 

 
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