Blackhawks rally past Rangers 4-3
Johnny Oduya is congratulated by his teammates after a third period goal against the Rangers. (Chris Sweda / Tribune Photo)
New York’s all-world goaltender robbed Marian Hossa on a breakaway mere seconds into Friday night’s game, an early indicator that the Hawks would have to find a different formula if they planned to make it two wins over the Rangers this season.
This time around, the Hawks’ offense came alive in third period as they rallied to a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 22,049 at the United Center. Eastern Conference-leading New York had designs on avenging a Feb. 16 loss to the Hawks at Madison Square Garden when the visitors hit backup netminder Martin Biron with four goals within the first 10 minutes and cruised to a 4-2 win, but the Hawks didn’t let it happen.
Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist while Andrew Shaw also scored to help Ray Emery out-duel Lundqvist for the Hawks’ fourth win in their last five games.
Brandon Prust, Artem Anisimov and Brad Richards scored for the Rangers but it wasn’t enough as New York dropped its third in a row.
In the first, Anisimov gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, but Shaw tied it at 1-1 late in the second after a nice move by Oduya to get a long shot from the point headed toward the Rangers goal. The rookie got his stick on the sailing puck and it wobbled past Lundqvist.
In the third, Prust pounced on a rebound of a Ryan McDonagh shot and tucked it past Emery but the Hawks answered with goals by Sharp off a nice pass from Hossa, a rocket from Oduya and an empty-netter by Kane.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: John Scott said the shock of being dealt at the trade deadline has worn off. Scott was sent from the Hawks to the Rangers on Feb. 27 in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft.
“It took a solid couple of days just take it all in and realize, ‘Hey, I’m not in Chicago anymore, I’m in New York.’ ” said Scott, who played in his sixth game with the Rangers. “It’s a change of venue, change of scenery. It’s sunk in now and I’m used to it.”
NIK OF TIME: Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the Hawks lineup after missing six games in a row and 13 of the last 14 with a concussion. The defenseman was paired with rookie Dylan Olsen against the Rangers.
“With the recent addition back there with Johnny (Oduya) it helps with three solid pairs and getting Hjalmarsson back there really helps us,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
SIDELINED: In addition to Jonathan Toews, who missed his ninth consecutive game with a concussion, the Hawks continue to be without the services of Steve Montador. The veteran defenseman suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion as he is no longer skating. Montador missed his 15th game in a row Friday. Winger Michael Frolik wasn’t on the ice with teammates for the second consecutive day due to the flu.