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Rangers nip Blackhawks on Hagelin's marker

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Carl Hagelin's goal with 5:57 remaining in 
the  third  period staked the New  York Rangers to  a 3-2 win over the Chicago 
Blackhawks,  a result  that ended the defending Stanley Cup champion's 10-game 
point streak. 

Brad  Richards scored in the first period and helped set up Hagelin's clincher 
later  on, while Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 35 shots in New York's 12th win 
in its last 16 outings on the road. 

"Beating the Stanley Cup champions in this building is not an easy task," said 
Rangers  head  coach Alain Vigneault. "We  knew it would take our best effort, 
and it did." 

Chicago,  which came in  6-0-4 over its last 10 outings, overcame an early 2-0 
deficit  on  second-period goals from  Jonathan Toews and Brandon Bollig, with 
Corey Crawford coming through with 29 saves in a losing cause. 

Crawford  was  able to keep the  contest locked at 2-2 with several impressive 
stops  to begin  the third  period,  including close-range  denials of  Derick 
Brassard and Ryan Callahan before the Rangers' Marc Staal struck the post with 
a blast from the point 4:35 in. 

New  York  kept the pressure on,  though, and was rewarded when the Blackhawk
failed  to  clear the zone and  the Rangers got  the puck to Staal for another 
long  shot. Crawford  kicked it away, but  Hagelin was in position to lift the 
rebound over the netminder's glove for the go-ahead score. 

Lundqvist  withstood  a late barrage  to make the  lead hold up, notching four 
saves with Crawford pulled with just over a minute to go. 

"In  the  end Hank came up  big, like he's  supposed to!," said Vigneault in a 
tongue-in-cheek tone. 

Lundqvist was sharp in the first period as well, swatting away all 15 shots he 
faced  as  the Rangers raced out  to a 2-0 lead  on goals by Richards and Mats 
Zuccarello. 

After  taking  in a  pass off the  boards from Callahan,  Richards slid a shot 
between  Crawford's pads just  over five minutes in to sent New York in front. 
The  Rangers then  capitalized on  a power  play midway  through the  frame to 
extend  the  margin, with Zuccarello  storming down  the left side and blowing 
past a defender before successfully depositing a wraparound try. 

"I  think  early in the  game we  didn't have that  pace we were looking for," 
Blackhawks  head  coach Joel Quenneville remarked.  "It took us a while to get 
going." 

Chicago scored on a man-advantage situation to close the gap with 6:17 elapsed 
in  the second  period, then struck again  less than two minutes later to draw 
even. 

Patrick  Sharp had a  long drive blocked in front of the New York net with the 
Blackhawks  skating  on a 5-on-4,  but Toews  put the rebound over Lundqvist's 
shoulder through a screen to get Chicago on the board. 

Shortly  after, Bollig  ended a 3-on-2 rush with a wrister that beat Lundqvist 
to the stick side to knot the score at 2-2 at the 8:05 mark. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Blackhawks had  earned a point in  nine straight on home ice, having gone 
6-0-3  over  that stretch ... The  Rangers improved to 18-2-1 when scoring the 
game's  first  goal this season  ... Forward  Daniel Carcillo, acquired by New 
York  from Los Angeles on Saturday, made his Rangers' debut and drew a penalty 
that led to Zuccarello's tally. Carcillo played in 51 games while spending the 
previous  two  seasons with the Blackhawks ... Sharp  has nine goals and four 
assists  over his last eight games ... New York went 1-for-2 on the power play 
and is 19-of-74 (25.7 percent) with the man advantage on the road this season. 

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