FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers-2 Chicago Blackhawks-1
FIRST PERIOD: Coming into the game, both the Rangers and the Blackhawks were looking for good first periods after coming off of a three week long Olympic break. The start of the first period had a slow pace to it, with both teams slowly trading chances. However, after roughly the first seven to eight minutes the pace really began to pick up, and that benefited the Rangers very nicely. Just after the halfway point of the period recent call-up J.T. Miller forced Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to turn the puck over to Benoit Pouliot who handed it off to Derick Brassard who scored the first goal of the game and gave the Rangers a 1-0 after scoring on his own rebound. After the referees let a few penalties slide, they called two on
the Rangers, one on Marc Staal, the other on J.T. Miller, both of which were killed by the Rangers as they came out of this period leading 1-0.
SECOND PERIOD: If I could choose one player to be the star of this period for the Rangers it would have to be Cam Talbot. He came out of the period with 19 saves, and while that is not that high of a number, some of those saves were very big saves and others were a second or third rebound. One thing I have to note from that period, the Rangers fourth line of Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Dan Carcillo had a very long shift in the offensive zone which ended in the Rangers icing the puck. Coach Alain Vigneault did not take his time-out, so Carcillo intentionally broke his stick as a means to buy the tired Rangers players some time to breathe since there could not be a change in players, that’s team hockey. Towards the end of the period, Callahan took a penalty which the Rangers killed off, going 3/3 on the penalty kills at this point in the game. After a period of chances, the best one coming from Dominic Moore putting a shot on goal that leaked through Corey Crawford and almost found the goal line, the Rangers came out of this period still holding a 1-0 lead.
THIRD PERIOD: The third period, which started off as a defensive performance by the Rangers and an almost goal by the Blackhawks that Cam Talbot managed to fight off. The rest of the period was pretty quiet until the end tail end of the game when Rick Nash scored his 19th goal of the season to give the Rangers the long awaited insurance goal. With 2:30 left in the game the Blackhawks pulled goalie Corey Crawford to get an extra skater on the ice. Within a minute of pulling the goalie Cam Talbot was forced to put on a mini performance to keep Chicago off the board. However, Peter Regin scored his third goal of the season with 11 seconds left in the game to get rid of Talbot’s shutout bid.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1) Cam Talbot- 30 Saves
2) Derick Brassard- 1 Goal
3) Marc Staal
MY THREE STARS
1) Cam Talbot
2) Rick Nash
3) J.T. Miller