With an incredible first ten minutes that included four goals, the Chicago Blackhawks have ended a painful losing streak with an emphatic 4-2 victory of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring 65 second into the contest with a penalty shot goal. Nick Leddy put a blast from the point home just 62 second later. Patrick Sharp made it 3-0 exactly four minutes into the game, and Marian Hossa added a tally at 9:38 to blow the doors completely open.
Dylan Olsen had a strong game on the blue line with three hits and three blocked shots. Brent Seabrook had two assists and four blocked shots in the contest. Chicago had 12 blocked shots as a team, with two coming from forwards (Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger).
Kane, Toews and Dave Bolland each had two takeaways, while Kruger was the only Blackhawks player to win more than half of his faceoffs.
Corey Crawford stopped 22 of 24 shots in the game and did a much better job both tracking and clearing the puck.
The Blackhawks killed seven (7) Rangers power plays in the game, and have killed all 11 in their last three games.
The two points guarantee Chicago stays in sixth place in the Western Conference for another night. This weekend the Blackhawks have two big matinee games, with an early afternoon start in Columbus on Saturday and a late-morning start against St. Louis at the United Center on Sunday.