New York Rangers
Saturday, January 17th, 2009 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
The Chicago Blackhawks had their chances against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams, but they couldn’t convert often enough and ended up falling to the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime. The Rangers killed 10 of 11 Blackhawks power plays, thwarting chance after chance served up by the home ice Blackhawks. The worst stretch came at the end of the 2nd period when the Blackhawks had at least a one-man advantage for 5:45 straight and could not come away with a goal. The Blackhawks even had 5 on 3 advantages 5 times during the game, but could only score 1 goal during those stretches. Disappointing to say the least.
Jonathan Toews gave the Blackhawks the lead in the 1st period with his 13th goal of the game. The Rangers scored the next 2 goals – Chris Drury’s 14th goal in the 2nd period and Brandon Dubinsky’s 7th goal in the 3rd period – to give New York the 2-1 edge. Brent Seabrook’s 5th goal of the season tied the game for the Blackhawks with just under 5 minutes left in regulation.
The 2 teams skated to tie at the end of 60 minutes, but Chris Drury’s 2nd power play goal of the night (his 15th on the year), gave the Rangers the impressive road win at a hostile United Center. The Rangers should tip their hat to Henrik Lundqvist who stopped 32 of 34 Blackhawks shots. He improved his record to 23-12-3 on the season.
After the disappointing loss, the Blackhawks have to head to St. Louis today to face the Blues tonight. Let’s hope the frustrating performance doesn’t carry over into tonight’s game against the intra-division rival. The Blues are tied for the lowest points total in the entire NHL, so hopefully the Blackhawks should be able to overcome a mini-hangover in St. Louis.