Blackhawks 2, Rangers 1, OT
Once Dustin Byfuglien started up ice, the 6-foot-4, 257-pound
Chicago Blackhawks’ winger kept accelerating. He raced past
defenseman Matt Gilroy, got an angle to the net and then beat
goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Byfuglien’s goal 3:43 into overtime Wednesday night gave the
Chicago Blackhawks another dramatic victory, 2-1 over the New York
“I got the puck, got on my horse and took off,” Byfuglien
said. “Got a good clear lane to the net, drove and got it
five-hole. … They were tired at the end of their shift. Put the
jets on and see what happens. It turned out pretty good.”
The Blackhawks have won 3 of 4 – with all three victories coming
After Duncan Keith blocked a shot attempt by the Rangers’ Vinny
Prospal, the puck went ahead to Byfuglien and he looked line a
“The ice always opens up 4-on-4. You take your chances. Things
happen,” Byfuglien said.
“It was the highlight of the year,” Chicago coach Joel
Quenneville said. “Great speed, great presence of mind. He cut in.
Nice finish as well.”
The Blackhawks tied the game with 5:55 left in regulation on a
power play – their fifth of the game – when Jonathan Toews chipped
in a goal after a scrum in front of the net as Chicago finally got
one past Lundqvist, who finished with a season-high 39 saves.
“We were frustrated because he was making some great saves. But
we stuck with it,” Quenneville said.
“It hurts so much, especially when you give up the late goals
and you’re not able to get the two points. It’s painful,”
Lundqvist said. “Not being able to get the two points, it
Christopher Higgins scored for Rangers in the first period and
it appeared Lundqvist would shut out the Blackhawks.
“He was the one who played. He was about the only one who
played,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
“My concern tonight is just a level of competing, which was
horrid as far as I’m concerned. It was unacceptable. … If guys
thought they were trying tonight, they’re in for a rude
The Blackhawks improved to 19-7-3. The Rangers lost for the
fifth time in six games, but no fault of Lundqvist’s.
Marian Gaborik, the leading goal scorer in the NHL entering the
game, made a nice pass from the right circle to Higgins in the left
circle and he fired a hard wrist shot past Cristobal Huet, staking
the Rangers to a 1-0 lead in the first.
Lundqvist made a nice save in the second period on Toews after
he broke free from the right circle. Minutes later, he stopped a
hard shot by Andrew Ladd from right in front. He then turned away
four shot attempts on a Chicago power play and snuffed a
close-range shot from Marian Hossa with 36 seconds to go in the
A high-sticking penalty on New York’s Michal Rozsival with about
10 minutes left in regulation gave the Blackhawks their fourth
power play, but again they couldn’t convert as a long attempt by
Brian Campbell was deflected, hit the crossbar and came down.
The Blackhawks peppered Lundqvist with 30 shots in the first two
periods, while Huet faced just 15.
Huet finished with 17 saves.
NOTES: D Wade Redden returned for the Rangers after missing five
games because of a shoulder injury. LW Donald Brashear, out two
games with a hand and wrist injury, was also back for New York. …
The assist gave Gaborik 39 points. He entered the game two behind
Joe Thornton for the league lead.