Pavel Buchnevich scored his third goal of the season but the Rangers mustered just one shot on goal in the third period, losing to the Blackhawks, 4-1. >> Box score
- 2:55 CHI Jonathan Toews; Assists: Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford
- 4:09 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Brendan Smith, Brett Howden
- 10:33 CHI Alexandre Fortin; Assists: Nick Schmaltz, Brandon Manning
- 15:39 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Artem Anisimov, Alex DeBrincat
- 18:51 CHI Alex DeBrincat (ENG); Assists: Dominik Kahum, Henri Jokiharju
- This was not the Rangers at their best or even close to their middle. They were sloppy, barely had the puck and were only in the game because Henrik Lundqvist put forth another terrific performance.
- How they played in Chicago is not indicative of who they are but it's who they could become if the work ethic and compete level that we have seen through most of the start of the season doesn't return. The team that played last night is what some might prefer because it would give them a better chance of landing Jack Hughes, but I'd much rather see a team that might lose but that battles hard, goes to the net and at least gives themselves a chance to win.
- Thursday was the first game all season where the Rangers want with the same lineup, minus the goalie change, for consecutive games. I don't see that streak making it to three when the Rangers visit LA on Saturday. Adam McQuaid's potential injury on it's own could bring Tony DeAngelo back into the lineup but I expect we will see Vinni Lettieri back as well.
- There will be nights during the season like this and it's all about how they respond. I'd expect the Rangers to respond in a big way against an LA team that is searching for it's identity, struggling and may decide to take a look at Alain Vigneault if things keep heading south.
The Rangers continue their road trip Sunday in Los Angeles with a 3:30 p.m. game against the struggling Kings.