Mar 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes a save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Everyone seems to get more excited about an Original 6 matchup especially the National TV broadcast and that’s exactly what we got on Sunday night from the United Center when the New York Rangers came to Chicago to play the Blackhawks, here’s how things turned out.
The first thing you noticed was how fast the New York Rangers were and it seemed to be an issue for the Chicago Blackhawks in the first period. The Rangers kept coming and getting pucks on net, but luckily for the Blackhawks Corey Crawford brought his A Game to the Stadium and he kept all 16 first period shots out of the net.
The Hawks had two powerplays during the period but they did absolutely nothing with the man advantage with most of their shots seemingly getting blocked by Rangers defenders. The best player on the ice in the first period for the Blackhawks appeared to be Teuvo Teravainen who looked very comfortable on the ice. The Rangers out shot the Hawks 16-8 in the first period but it was scoreless after 1 period.
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The story of the 2nd period was two fold. The Blackhawks controlled the play in their end and had most of the possession time. The problem and 2nd storyline of the penalty was how really bad the Blackhawks powerplay looks right now. They had four chances and only had 2 shots on goal and most of the 8 minutes of extra man time was chasing the puck down behind Crawford because it was cleared down all the way.
The Blackhawks out shot the Rangers 12-5 in the second period but again no goals, no Chelsea Dagger through 2 periods.
Corey Crawford led the Blackhawks in third period, he made stop after stop in the final 10 minutes after the Blackhawks had been possessing the puck for much of the 2nd and 3rd periods.
The Rangers kept coming and the only reason the Blackhawks earned a point was because of Crawford he stopped all 35 shots in regulation getting the Hawks a point but he couldn’t stop Broussard’s shot in overtime and the game came to a very quick ending and another home point slipped through the Blackhawks fingers.
-It was the first Rangers shut of the Blackhawks since 1969.
-Tonight was by far Teuvo’s best game with the Blackhawks, It helps to play on the top two lines.
-Hawks don’t play again until Thursday night in Arizona
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