The Rangers (44-18-7) lost to the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 1-0. Brad Richards scored the only goal of the game. Cam Talbot made 30 saves, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.
-This game certainly had a playoff feel to it. Neither team had much room to operate on offense, and both goalies played well.
-The Rangers had a goal waved off in the first period after the ref lost sight of the puck in the crease and blew the whistle. Moore had tapped it in but of course it was no goal.
-Talbot once again played really well, the goal he gave up came just after a great chance for the Rangers in which Boyle hit the crossbar. As the Rangers scrambled back after the rush, Richards ended up with the puck all alone in the slot and patiently shot it past Talbot up high.
-The Rangers were outshot 17-10 in the third period. The teams had been essentially even going into the third, but Chicago, who was playing for the second straight night, was able to kick it into another gear and win the game.
-The Rangers powerplay continues to hurt them. They had an opportunity with four minutes left, but did not capitalize. They seem to be struggling with zone entry and puck retrieval lately on the powerplay. Once they set up they get some chances, but often miss the net or take a shot that is easily saved by the goalie. They really need to work on this moving forward, and take advantage of powerplay opportunities.
-All in all, the Rangers lost to a very good team tonight. It would have been nice for them to at least be able to force overtime, but Chicago played very well and earned the victory.
The Rangers are off until Saturday. They will travel to Carolina to face the Hurricanes for the final time this season.