Late push not enough as Hawks fall to Rangers
Six Blackhawks came home from Sochi with hardware, but their success at the Olympics didn’t translate back in the Hawk’s first game after the Olympic break as they fell to the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. The Ranger’s backup netminder Cam Talbot was outstanding, making 31 saves and outplaying Corey Crawford, who had 22 stops in a losing effort.
The Rangers would get on the board first after a back and forth first period that had good chances for both teams, but where neither team got much sustained pressure in their offensive zone. That changed halfway through the opening frame, when Derick Brassard put home a rebound that Crawford gave up after a quick shot from Benoit Pouliot.
The Hawks would kill their only penalty of the game with Duncan Keith in the box for hooking, but they also went scoreless on three power play opportunities.
Crawford made several key stops, but he couldn’t outplay Talbot, who won his eleventh game tonight and is one of only a handful of backup goalies to get past the ten-win mark.
The Rangers looked to put the game away with a goal by Rich Nash, his nineteenth of the season at 15:53 of the third period, but the Hawks would not go quietly, as recent acquisition Peter Regin scored his first goal as a Blackhawk with 11 seconds remaining in the contest to spoil Talbot’s shutout bid. Despite a flurry of activity in the last few seconds, the score would stand and the Hawks would drop their final contest in February.
Stars of the Game:
1. Cam Talbot: 1 GA, 31 SVs, .969 SV
2. Derick Brassard: 1 G, 3 SOG, 12:20 TOI, 2 hits
3. Marc Staal: 2 hits, 2 PIM, 20:38 TOI
- Brent Seabrook and Keith were recently on an episode of Chicago Fire where they played themselves.
- 10 of the Hawks recently returned from representing their countries at the Olympics, and six of them came back with hardware- JonathanToews, Patrick Sharp, and Keith won gold with Team Canada, and Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, and Niklas Hjalmarsson earned silver with Team Sweden.
- The Hawks swapped minor league players with the Minnesota Wild as Chicago acquired defenseman Brian Connelly in exchange for forward Brad Winchester.
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday in the highly anticipated Stadium Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field.