NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Chicago
(Sunday, November 16th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Simon scored midway through the third period to help the New York Rangers earn a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Mark Messier had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who were coming off an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. New York has now won just once in its last six games (1-3-1-1).
Mike Dunham was strong in net for the Rangers, stopping 39 shots, including eight in the extra stanza.
Brett McLean and Kyle Calder each scored for Chicago, which fell to 0-3-1-1 during a current five-game winless streak. Michael Leighton stopped 32 shots in the contest for the Blackhawks.
Chicago scored first when Calder tipped in a Bryan Berard point shot late in the first period. Calder's sixth goal of the season with 2:23 to play in the opening stanza put Chicago ahead 1-0.
After killing off a four-minute power play, thanks to countless difficult saves by Dunham, the Rangers were subjected to playing another two minutes shorthanded thanks to a careless penalty by Petr Nedved.
New York, though, was able to even the score despite playing one-man down. Messier stole the puck from Berard at the Blackhawks' blueline and skated in on a breakaway. He beat Leighton five-hole to tie the contest at 1-1 with just under two minutes to play in the second period.
Chicago re-claimed the lead at 5:05 of the final stanza. McLean came in on a clean breakaway and made a nice double move before sliding the disc past a stretched-out Dunham.
The Rangers pressured until they finally recorded the equalizer when Simon fired a twirling wrister from the high slot. The puck found its way just inside the post to even the score at 2-2 with 9:42 left in the third period.
Messier scored his 684th career goal, passing Mario Lemieux for seventh on the all-time list...Rangers center Eric Lindros missed the contest with a scratched cornea...New York was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Chicago went 0-for-5 with the man advantage...This was Chicago's final home game before it embarks on a two-week, six-game West Coast swing beginning Tuesday in Edmonton.
11/16 22:09:13 ET