In an oh-so-tight battle of the backup goaltenders, it came down to one shot.
Defenseman Nick Holden beat Chicago goalie Scott Darling at 55 seconds of overtime as the Rangers edged the Blackhawks, 1-0, Friday night and Antti Raanta, with 26 saves, earned the shutout.
Raanta, the former Blackhawk who was traded in June 2015, was given the rare back-to-back start over struggling Henrik Lundqvist. The move worked as well as could be imagined as the Rangers concluded their two-game trip to frosty Winnipeg and Chicago with four points.
It was a nail-biter through regulation. With 2:13 left, a puck slid through Raanta's legs at the left post, but was scooped out of the crease...