The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals -- including the first three of the first period -- to chase Henrik Lundqvist and end the Rangers' six-game winning streak, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Chicago. >> Box score
- 9:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
- 19:08 CHI Alex DeBrincat; Assists: Richard Panik, Duncan Keith
- 1:07 CHI Artem Anisimov; Assists: Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz
- 1:53 CHI John Hayden; Assists: Cody Franson, Keith
- 5:14 CHI Anisimov (PP); Assists: Franson, Schmaltz
- 7:08 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash
- 11:56 NYR Nash; Assists: NONE
- 16:12 CHI Anisimov; Assists: Schmaltz, Panik
- 18:30 CHI Jonathan Toews (ENG); Assists: Brent Seabrook
- The Rangers lost this game in the first period when they had six minutes of PP time, including a double minor, and couldn't find the net or even create many opportunities. Things swung after Chicago killed that penalty and while the Rangers did make a big push in the third, things would have been much different if they ended the first up at least 2-0.
- Henrik Lundqvist was playing great and keeping the Rangers in front....until that puck squirted through him late in the second period. That, coupled with some sloppy play around the net early in the third helped seal the game for Chicago.
- After being off since Saturday it wouldn't have been surprising to see the Rangers start off slow and rusty, but they actually had a pretty good start. As the game went on, especially after the first period, the Rangers were sloppy at times and lost battles/couldn't defend the front of the net.
- It made sense to pull Henrik in the third and get Ondrej Pavelec into the game. It's been a while since Pavelec last played and it was the right idea to get him some game action before he likely gets one of the starts this weekend.
- So the winning streak is over and you have to imagine that Brendan Smith gets back into the lineup against Columbus on Friday.
- It will be very interesting to see how the Rangers respond on Friday after tonight's loss. This winning streak put the Rangers back into the mix and showed that they can play the right way, beat good teams and play the fast/four line game that they need to. They need to bounce back though and get back to winning. The response to this loss and the next few games will give us another good indication of who these Rangers are and how good they could be.
What's next: The Rangers meet the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday night at 7 p.m.