Hagelin’s Late Goal Lifts Rangers Over Blackhawks
Carl Hagelin scored the game winning goal late in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist was stellar in the final moments of the contest as the New York Ranger defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
With just under six minutes to play in regulation, Hagelin flipped the rebound of Marc Staal's shot past Corey Crawford to break the 2-2 tie. Hagelin now leads the team with four game-winning goals this season.
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello. Chicago was able to neutralize that lead in the second on goals from Jonathan Toews and Brandon Bollig.
The win is the first for the Rangers in Chicago since 2009 and also marks the first loss for the Blackhawks at home in over a month.
Lundqvist, who stopped 35 for his 13th win of the season, was very sharp in the closing minutes of the game to preserve the one-goal victory.
"That's a goalie," Lundqvist said. "It's your job to try to be there when your team needs you and obviously we knew they were going to have some moments in this game where they were going to push really hard."
The Rangers, now 22-20-3 on the year, return home on Friday night to take on the Dallas Stars.