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RECAP: Rangers 4, Blackhawks 3

Rapid reaction, thoughts, notes, quotes and more from the game in New York

by Leah Pascarella / blackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: Brandon Saad opened the scoring at Madison Square Garden burying a rebound on an early power play opportunity, marking his 14th goal of the season. The Rangers responded after Filip Chytil beat Collin Delia to tie the game. Mats Zuccarello gave the home team the lead with two minutes remaining in the first period.

It appeared that Mika Zibanejad gave New York a two-goal advantage, but the Blackhawks challenged the call and the play was ruled offside. Chris Kreider solidified the Rangers 3-1 lead before the end of the second.

The third period began with an early power play for the visitors. Alex DeBrincat went top shelf with help from Patrick Kane and Erik Gustafsson to bring the Blackhawks within one. Zibanejad scored an empty-netter and Dominik Kahun tallied a goal with one second remaining. Delia made 29 saves in Chicago's 4-3 loss.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: New York's Chris Kreider tallied two points with a goal and assist in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: With an assist on DeBrincat's power play goal, Patrick Kane tied Doug Wilson for third-most assists (554) in Blackhawks history.

TALKING POINTS: 

"We had a couple letdowns, mental errors or whatever it may be and it ended up in the back of our net which was unfortunate after the start we had. We really played well in the beginning of the game. We scored the first goal and things are going well then we end up down 2-1. We are playing uphill after that." - Jeremy Colliton on loss to NYR

"I think we had some jump early on. We wanted to come out with energy. We knew what we had coming into the game and we had a good start, but like I said they made some good saves, we made some bad turnovers and that cost us." - Brandon Saad on energetic start

WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks return home for a day game against the Washington Capitals at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The game can be seen on NBC or heard on WGN 720. It can also be viewed online via NHL.TV or the NBC MyTeamsApp.

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