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Lundqvist ties Sawchuk with Rangers win against Blackhawks

Sixth on NHL wins list; Kreider has goal, assist for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Lundqvist's big stop on Toews

CHI@NYR: Lundqvist denies Toews' blast late in 3rd

Jonathan Toews one-times a pass from inside the circle that Henrik Lundqvist stops to help maintain the Rangers' lead late in the 3rd

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NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist tied Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list, making 24 saves to help the New York Rangers defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Lundqvist has 445 career wins in 839 games, all with the Rangers. He needs nine wins to tie Curtis Joseph for fifth place.

"It's an honor to be up there, getting closer and closer," Lundqvist said. "I've already passed some names that meant a lot to me growing up so it's a very cool feeling."


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Lundqvist is 445-287-90 with 102 wins in extra time (41 in overtime, 61 in shootout). Sawchuk went 445-336 with 171 ties. 

Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, Mats Zuccarello extended his point streak to four games with a goal, and Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Rangers (20-20-7), who have won two in a row and three of their past four games after losing five in a row.

Video: CHI@NYR: Kreider backhands puck by Delia

Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat each scored a power-play goal, and Patrick Kane had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games but had his five-game multipoint streak end. Dominik Kahun scored, and Collin Delia made 29 saves for the Blackhawks (16-24-9).

Chicago has lost five in a row (0-3-2), and seven of its past eight (1-4-3).

"We had a couple letdowns, mental errors or whatever it may be, that ended up in the back of our net, which is unfortunate after the start we had," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We really played well at the beginning of the game."

Saad gave Chicago a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the first period, scoring off a rebound of Artem Anisimov's deflection shot that hit the post. Chicago has scored a power-play goal in seven consecutive games (9-for-21, 42.9 percent).

Video: CHI@NYR: Saad smacks home power-play goal

Chytil tied it at 1-1 at 13:20 with a highlight-reel goal. He carried the puck down the right side, banked it off the boards to himself to get around Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju, cut to the middle and flipped it into the top right corner.

"The coaches always tell me to skate wide and with my speed beat the D-man and go to the net," Chytil said. "I tried it and, yeah, it was a goal."

The 19-year-old has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past five games after going seven consecutive games without a point. He has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 46 games.

"This is a guy that's not going to be 20 until September and I think sometimes people lose sight of that," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "He's a special talent, boy, he really is. He's a guy that can really create offense on his own. He's got great stick skills. The thing I like about him is he's been hounding the puck a lot more lately."

Video: CHI@NYR: Chytil goes top shelf after end-to-end rush

Zuccarello kept his hot streak going by scoring his fourth goal in as many games to make it 2-1 at 17:38. He also played a role in Kreider's unassisted goal at 13:09 of the second that extended the lead to 3-1. 

Zuccarello brought the puck to the net but his pass into the slot was intercepted by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, who quickly turned it over to Kreider, who scored on a backhand.

The Rangers top line of Zuccarello, Kreider and Zibanejad has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the past four games.

"I think [Zuccarello] has really been the guy that has changed the complexion of that line," Quinn said. "His last two weeks he's been dynamite, just playing the way he's capable of playing. His energy is back. Really, I think he's been the reason that line has taken a turn and been as dominant as it has been."

Video: CHI@NYR: Zuccarello taps puck across goal line

DeBrincat cut the lead to 3-2 at 1:40 of the third.

Zibanejad scored into an empty net at 19:42 to make it 4-2 before Kahun made it 4-3 at 19:58.

"I thought in the third we had a little push and we had our chances to tie the game," Colliton said. "It's unfortunate because I thought we competed, and it wasn't enough."

Video: CHI@NYR: DeBrincat pots PPG as Kane ties Wilson


They said it

"We just have to stop giving them chances off our mistakes. Teams capitalize on that and we just have to battle a full 60 minutes and not give up those Grade A chances." -- Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat


"It's definitely a stat [career wins] that you look at the number and obviously you're proud, but at the same time you start thinking about all the teammates you played with to reach that number. That's what it does to me when I look at it." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

Video: Clutch Performance: Lundqvist ties Sawchuk in wins


Need to know

Kane has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his seven-game point streak. … Blackhawks forward Brendan Perlini did not return after getting checked into the boards by Adam McQuaid late in the second period. There was no update. … Chicago is 16-for-43 on the power play (38.9 percent) in 14 games since Dec. 18. … Zuccarello has seven points (four goals, three assists), in his four-game point streak.


What's next

Blackhawks: Host the Washington Capitals on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS)

Rangers: At the Boston Bruins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NESN, MSG, NHL.TV)

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