NEW YORK -- Rapid reaction to the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
How it happened: The Blackhawks took a physical beating at the hands of the Rangers and New York’s punishing forecheck paid off. All three goals scored by New York originated behind the Hawks’ net or in the corner. For the game, the Rangers were credited with 35 hits to the Hawks’ 18. The Blackhawks scored a power-play goal in the first period when Tomas Kopecky tipped in a Duncan Keith shot. They tied the game in the third period on a Patrick Kane goal, but New York quickly responded, scoring 0:28 later to re-take the lead for good.
What it means: The Hawks didn’t play poorly but also didn’t match the Rangers’ physical style. Their first power-play unit looked very good but couldn’t muster a second goal. Their up-and-down season continues as they’ve gone loss, win, loss, win, loss over the last five games. Their record is now 7-6-1. Keith has assists on the last four goals the Hawks have scored over two games, other than an empty-net one on Saturday.
Campbell returns: Brian Campbell showed little ill effects in his return from a knee injury that caused him to miss the first 13 games of the season. Campbell played 19:58, finishing with a minus-1. He saw time on both the power-play and penalty-killing units.
What’s next: The Hawks return home immediately for a practice day on Tuesday before hosting the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. The Devils will be without their best player, Zach Parise, who will undergo exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery and is out indefinitely.