NHL Game Summary - Chicago at NY Rangers|
(Thursday, February 16th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each had a
goal and an assist in a big first period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on
for a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
It was a much-needed win for Chicago as the team snapped a nine-game losing
streak, its longest in five years, and also stopped an 11-game road skid.
The last road win for Chicago came on December 14 at Minnesota and the team
had gone 0-6-1 on its nine-game road trek coming into the game.
Nick Leddy and Patrick Sharp also scored while Corey Crawford stopped 22 shots
for the Blackhawks, who won for the first time in New York since December 11,
2002 to snap a three-game skid as the guests.
"We have to keep going here because we put ourselves in a tough situation,"
said Toews. "We need to keep digging our way out of this hole and play hard."
Marc Staal and Carl Hagelin both scored for the Rangers, who had won their
past four coming in. Martin Biron rallied from a rough start to finish the
game with 18 saves.
Chicago blitzed New York for four goals over the first 9:38 of the game and
the first came on a penalty shot when Dan Girardi closed his hand on the puck
in his own crease.
Toews skated in on the free chance and buried it through the five-hole for a
1-0 lead just 65 seconds in.
Just 62 seconds later, it was 2-0 as a one-timer from Leddy in the high slot
made its way through a screen.
At exactly four minutes, the Blackhawks scored again when Sharp was sprung on
a short break down the left wing and his wrist shot trickled behind Biron for
his 23rd of the year.
Hossa capped the burst when he took a lead pass near the blueline and buried a
wrister for his 22nd of the season.
"Just a bunch of miscues we had early on and they were able to bury all of
their chances," said Staal.
New York got one back 3:04 into the second when Staal blasted a shot from the
left point to make it a 4-1 game.
It was a two-goal game with 4:45 to play when Ryan McDonagh skated the puck
down from the left point and passed it to Hagelin for the redirect past
However, the Rangers were unable to get any closer despite pulling Biron for
the extra attacker with over two minutes to play.
Chicago plays the final game of its nine-game trek in Columbus on
Saturday...New York hosts Columbus on Sunday...Neither team scored on the
power play as New York failed on seven chances and Chicago came up empty on
its three opportunities.
02/16 23:44:12 ET