NHL Game Summary - Chicago at NY Rangers
(Friday, October 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Chicago 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Dubinsky scored and had two assists, and the Rangers won their official home opener, 4-2, over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev each had a goal and an assist for New York, which beat Tampa Bay twice last weekend in the Czech Republic. Wade Redden also scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who have won their last four Madison Square Garden openers. They're 3-0 for the first time since 1989.
"It's really important provided we recognize tonight we weren't a real polished hockey club," said Rangers coach Tom Renney. "I think tonight we were good enough to win, but we were bad enough to almost lose it. We can't kid ourselves. I thought we threw pucks away a lot, there were some errant passes, we came back with the puck when we didn't need to. In some cases we tried to do too much alone and tried to play outside our system of play and that's dangerous."
Patrick Kane, last year's Calder Trophy winner, and Duncan Keith scored in the season-opener for Chicago.
Cristobal Huet, who was signed to a four-year deal over the summer, made 25 saves in defeat.
"We knew our assignments but we just didn't do it," said Blackhawks coach Denis Savard. "We had about 30 shots and we probably missed the net ten to a dozen times. We had good chances where we could have buried some of them. We had enough chances to win."
Voros scored 5:15 into the second on a shot from the left circle, and Dubinsky increased the margin to 3-1 just over 10 minutes later. He took the puck at center ice after a turnover from Brent Sopel and skated in alone on Huet before firing a wrist shot from the slot between the goaltender's pads.
Keith put in a slapshot about 30 feet from the net at 7:13 of the third, but the Rangers moved ahead by two again just 2:20 later on Zherdev's tally. Voros took the puck beyond the blue line and sent a pass to Zherdev, who scored on a shot from the slot.
The Rangers struck first with Redden scoring on a rebound at 6:47 of the opening period. Chris Drury took a shot from the right side. Huet made the stop, but Redden scored from the left circle.
Kane tied the game with 2:42 remaining in the first. Defenseman Brian Campbell, who was signed to an eight-year deal worth approximately $57 million in the offseason, played a huge part in the goal by skating end-to-end before firing a shot from the left side off the side of the net. Kane tapped in the rebound.
The Rangers play at Philadelphia Saturday night, trying for their first 4-0 start since winning their opening five games of the 1983-84 season...Chicago's next game is Saturday at Washington...Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play...Chicago has not won at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 11, 2002, a string of four straight losses...The Blackhawks have lost six of their last nine season openers.
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