By Chris Block
The Blackhawks reached the halfway point of the exhibition season on Friday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the visiting New York Rangers before an announced sellout United Center crowd of 20,613.
Dennis Rasmussen, a Swedish free agent signing from over the off season, was the lone Blackhawks’ scorer. Corey Crawford saw a full sixty minutes for the first time this exhibition and stopped 25 of 29 Rangers’ shots. Each side saw three power plays, with the Rangers drawing the lone conversion, a J.T. Miller redirect that beat Crawford with 6:02 to go in regulation. That strike put the Blueshirts on top 3-1. A flukey goal 100 seconds later that went to Marek Hrivik after he stick-checked Marian Hossa near the Hawks’ net put the game out of the home team’s reach.
The night got off to bad start quickly when Brent Seabrook twice failed to clear the zone and Oscar Lindberg gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game. Read more
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Tagged Anthony Duclair, Blackhawks, Cam Barker, Chris Block, Cody Bass, Corey Crawford, Dennis Rasmussen, Exhibition game, Game recap, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Klas Dahlbeck, Marek Hrivik, Matt Carey, New York, Phillip Danault, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Preseason, Rangers, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen
By Brad Vandenberk
NBC Wednesday rivalry came to town on Wednesday night for the New York Rangers lone visit to the United Center this season. After coming off a shootout loss on Sunday against the Sharks, the Blackhawks were looking to continue their eastern conference domination. New York also lost their last game in a shootout as well. The excitement was high for this one as the Hawks tied the league for most Olympic athletes sending 10 players to Sochi. Only the Blues and Red Wings are the only other teams that share this honor. The Hawks haven’t necessarily rung in the New Year in style. They are 1-0-2 in 2014. With an Olympic break looming in less than 4 weeks, most players are looking to rest and enjoy the time off. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brad Richards, Brad Vandenberk, Brandon Bollig, Carl Hagelin, Corey Crawford, Game recap, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Toews, Marc Staal, Marcus Kruger, Mats Zuccarello, New York, NY Rangers, Rangers
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks erased a third period deficit with three goals in the final seven minutes. Johnny Oduya led the attack with a goal and an assist as the ‘Hawks prevailed over the New York Rangers 4-3 in front of the 180th straight sellout crowd at the United Center.
Chicago got a big scoring opportunity seconds into the game when Duncan Keith made an area pass that Marian Hossa caught up to. Hossa beat the Ranger defense to the net, but Henrik Lundqvist snuffed out the shot.
From there, it was back and forth hockey with both teams getting their chances. Lundqvist and Ray Emery kept both teams honest along with their defenses. The ‘Hawks killed off the only penalty of the period, a delay of game call that came when returning defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson closed his hand on the puck late in the sixteenth minute. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Artem Anisimov, Brad Richards, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Prust, Henrik Lundqvist, John Scott, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Mike Rupp, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery