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Rangers skate past Blackhawks with 3-2 victory

Recap

The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks will head to Montreal to take on the Canadians on Saturday.

It was not a good start for the Blackhawks as the Rangers came out flying. Brad Richards started the scoring when he beat Corey Crawford with a wrist shot at 5:06. It would get worse shortly after as Mats Zuccarello scored a power play goal on a wraparound that deflected off of the skate of Crawford and into the net at 9:29. The Rangers would take that lead into the dressing room.

The second period was a different story as the Blackhawks were able to convert on their chances unlike the 15 save performance by Henrik Lundqvist in the first period. On the power play, Jonathan Toews scored his 16th goal of the season on the power play when he beat Lundqvist on the stick side at 6:17. It was a quick strike again as Brandon Bollig scored his fourth goal of the year when he fired a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 8:05 to tie the game.

The third period was a back and forth battle between the teams. It would be the Rangers who would get the strike to take the lead for good as Crawford stopped a slap shot from Marc Staal. Carl Hagelin followed up with a rebound that was stopped by Crawford. But the persistence of Hagelin paid off as he followed up with another shot that he lifted over a sprawled out Crawford at 14:03.

What it means

The Blackhawks have now lost two in a row at home and have seen their lead in the Central division evaporate. The Blackhawks are now 29-8-9 on the season with 67 points.

3 stars of the game

3. Brad Richards- It was a solid game for Richards as he had one goal and one assist. It was Richards who started the play on the game winning goal. On the night, Richards was a plus one and now has 11 goals on the season.

2. Henrik Lundqvist- The King seems like he is coming out of his slump slowly. He had a good game making 35 saves on 37 shots. Prior to this game, Lundqvist had allowed 8 goals in the past two games.

1. Carl Hagelin- It has been a struggle at times for Hagelin but his work down low allowed him to score the game winner which was his only point of the night. Hagelin was a plus one, delivered two hits. The goal was the 11th of the year for Hagelin.