Blackhawks Escape Rangers Again

Patrick Kane’s empty-net goal held up as the game-winner as the Blackhawks beat the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers again on Friday night.

Kane was one of four Blackhawks with two points in the game, including defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Oduya flashed bold images of why GM Stan Bowman acquired him at the deadline, first making an elusive move at the blue line to get the puck on net leading to Andrew Shaw’s goal, and then scoring his first goal as a member of the Hawks in the third period. He also led Chicago with four blocked shots.

Also with two points on the night were Patrick Sharp (goal, assist) and Marian Hossa (two assists). Kane scored into an empty net with 53 second, extending the Hawks’ lead to 4-2, but Brad Richards scored only 12 seconds later to close the scoring for the evening and give Kane the game-winner.

Ray Emery allowed three goals in 25 shots to earn the victory, while Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 21 shots in the game.

The win gave Chicago 81 points, which is good for a five point lead on seventh place Phoenix and a six point spread on eighth place San Jose.

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