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Blackhawks end Rangers win streak

Anisimov's first NHL hat trick helps deny New York seventh straight victory

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Artem Anisimov had his first NHL hat trick to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers at United Center on Wednesday.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for New York (9-8-2). Rick Nash scored for a third straight game and had an assist.

Anisimov scored his first of three goals at 1:07 of the third period, and John Hayden scored 46 seconds later to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.


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Anisimov helped the Blackhawks (9-8-2) score their first power-play goal of the game after being held scoreless in their first four opportunities when he slipped a shot underneath Henrik Lundqvist to give Chicago a 4-1 lead at 5:14 of the third.

"[Anisimov] was around the net, got rewarded for it and it seemed like we had the better of the net-front presence as the game progressed," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It seemed to be necessary to find a way to get through them."

Video: NYR@CHI: Anisimov nets second goal on power play

Lundqvist allowed four goals on 34 shots and was pulled for Ondrej Pavelec after Anisimov's second goal. Pavelec made seven saves.

"We got some good chances in the second," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "[Lundqvist] kept us in. And then in the third, well, you know, we paid for the mistakes that we made."

Anisimov, who played his first three NHL seasons with the Rangers from 2009-12, completed the hat trick at 16:12 of the third when he tipped in a pass from Nick Schmaltz.

"It means more," Anisimov said of getting his first NHL hat trick against his former team. "When you go against your former team you want to play twice as hard and you want to score a goal, obviously. But I scored three today, so I'm happy."

Alex DeBrincat scored with 52 seconds left in the second period to tie the game 1-1. It was his third consecutive game with a goal, and his fourth in that span.

Video: NYR@CHI: DeBrincat squeaks it by Lundqvist to tie it

"It was a huge goal for us," Quenneville said. "We had a good second period and did a lot of good things, and that all of a sudden gets us excited about the third and (we) had a great beginning. Had a little tension after they made it 4-2 and 4-3, kind of looked like the last game [a 7-5 loss to New Jersey on Sunday in which Chicago led 4-1 in the first period]. And a good response down the road, we close it out and found a way to get two big points for us."

The Rangers scored on consecutive shots in the third period when Kevin Hayes got his first goal since Oct. 21 at 7:08 and Nash backhanded the puck past Corey Crawford at 11:56.

Crawford made 25 saves for his first win since Nov. 4, ending a three-game losing streak.

Mika Zibanejad scored his ninth goal of the season at 9:58 of the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Jonathan Toews scored an empty-net goal at 18:30 of the third period.

"I think that shows us that we're a good team," DeBrincat said, "and you know we can win against anyone, so I think that can be the thing that can propel us."


Goal of the game

Anisimov completed the hat trick at 16:12 of the third period.

Video: NYR@CHI: Anisimov earns his first hat trick


Save of the game

Crawford made back-to-back saves against Ryan McDonagh and Nash at 1:53 and 1:54 of the first period.

Video: NYR@CHI: Crawford makes pair of sparkling saves


Highlight of the game

Hayden's goal at 1:53 of the third period.

Video: NYR@CHI: Hayden hammers home rebound to extend lead


They said it

"We played a good team. They created a lot and played with speed, but their determination in the third, they were on a mission and we couldn't really respond like the first time." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist


"I liked the pace to our game. When we play like that, when we've got five guys join in the attack and in the zone offensively, (there's a) lot of motion. What we do with the puck is everything to our team. It seems like there's enough plays to be had. It took us a while to get the offense going, but I thought we did some good things." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville


Need to know

The Rangers went 0-for-3 on the power play after entering 8-for-19 in their previous six games. ... Pavel Buchnevich's three-game goal streak ended, but he extended his point streak to four games (three goals, three assists) with an assist. ... The Blackhawks are 17-for-19 on the penalty kill (89.5 percent) in their past seven games. ... Panik and Schmaltz each had an NHL career-high three assists.


What's next

Rangers: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-PT, WGN, NHL.TV)


Video: Anisimov's hat trick leads Blackhawks to 6-3 win

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