Carl Hagelin snapped a 2-2 draw in the third period and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in the third period as the Rangers knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the Windy City on Wednesday night.
With the critical road win, the Rangers moved to third place in the Metropolitan division. The Bluehshirts now return home to Madison Square Garden, where they will play seven of their next eight games.
Lundqvist tightened up his game after surrendering two goals in the second period, bouncing back during the final 20 minutes for a stingy effort against the league-leading offensive team.
All tied up: Trailing by two goals after the first period, the Blackhawks came storming back in the next frame to tie the score heading into the third period. Jonathan Toews' power-play goal cut the lead in half and Brandon Bollig knotted the score at 2-2 at 8:05. Bolling's goal was a rough one for Lundqvist, who was beat short-side on a shot that he really should have stopped. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner has yet to return to his elite level from previous seasons, though he seemed to be rounding the corner with some spectacular saves in the third period, particularly when he was under siege in the waning moments of regulation.
Strong start: With an energetic road period to enter the game, the Rangers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello continue to battle neck-and-neck for the team lead in goals. Both players notched their 11th goal of the season on Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford, who looked shaky to start the game. One has to wonder if Crawford is still feeling the effects of a lower-body injury that sidelined him for almost a month.
Familiar foe: Feisty forward Daniel Carcillo made his Rangers debut in a building he knows well. Replacing J.T. Miller in the lineup and donning the Rangers sweater for the first time since being shipped out of L.A. in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick last weekend, Carcillo faced his former Hawks teammates. The 28-year-old antagonist won a Stanley Cup with Chicago last season.