Blackhawks Vs. Rangers Final Score: Chicago Drops Another Preseason Game, 4-1 – Yahoo Sports

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Rangers final score: Chicago drops another preseason game, 4-1 By Satchel Price 1 hour ago View photo . Two early goals and two late goals put the Hawks away in a 4-1 preseason loss to the Rangers on Friday. The Chicago Blackhawks started slow for the third straight preseason game and couldn’t rally from behind in a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night. Two goals in the first 11 minutes and another pair in the third period put away the second game of the preseason at the United Center. It took less than a minute before the Rangers scored the first goal of the game, with Oscar Lindberg getting a wrist shot past Corey Crawford just 50 seconds in. New York kept the pressure on from there, getting a second score by Anthony Duclair just before the 11th minute. The Blackhawks rallied in the second period to at least make things interesting, outshooting the Rangers, 14-8, and getting a goal in the process. Dennis Rasmussen’s score wouldn’t be enough, however, considering the way things went in the final 20 minutes. There was some solid play in the offensive zone at times, and even a couple quality saves by New York backup goalie Cedrick Desjardins , but unlucky bounces prevented any chance of this game being interesting. The first one, by J.T. Miller , came on a deflection, and the second was just a straight-up bizarre play as Marek Hrivik managed to flick a puck past Crawford while awkwardly fighting for possession near the net. So the Hawks fall to 1-2 in the preseason after back-to-back losses, not that anyone is particularly caught up with this. source:

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”A lot of players would love to get a chance that I’m getting.” The Blackhawks also are feeling very fortunate after bringing in Richards to address a longtime issue at center right behind captain Jonathan Toews. The playmaking Richards, who has 591 career assists, could team with Kane and Saad to form one of the league’s most dangerous second lines. ”He’s in a good situation,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”Hopefully that line can be a line all year long and give us some nice production offensively and have some responsibility without (the puck). But he’s playing with some nice players. That has some upside to it, and I’m sure he’s excited about that.” Richards faces a challenging adjustment to playing with Kane, one of the NHL’s most gifted scorers. Saad also has a unique set of skills. Kane is ”a winger but he plays a little bit like a center man, where he wants the puck a lot,” said Richards, who lives in the same building as 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner and rides with him to practice sometimes. ”For me, I’ll have to get used to getting open more and probably get ready for some passes that sometimes you wouldn’t get being a center man, where you’re trying to pass. That might be a little adjustment.” Three of Chicago’s biggest rivals in the Central Division are in the midst of a similar process. source:–nhl.html

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While he made many spectacular, eye-opening saves that left his teammates, coaches and fans with their mouths agape, he would also pull away from medium- and long-range shots or leave vulnerable rebounds that opponents cashed in with little trouble. The Blackhawks noticed Crawford’s issues, and they brought in a new goaltending coach. Stephane Waite had been Chicago’s goaltending coach through the 2013 campaign, but he left after the championship season to take a similar position with the Canadiens. The Blackhawks hired Steve Weeks as their goaltending coach last year, but head coach Joel Quenneville did not bring him back . Instead, the team hired former Hawks goaltender Jimmy Waite to serve as the goaltending coach and as Crawford’s new mentor. Waite hopes to have the same kind of rapport with Crawford that his brother enjoyed with the goaltender and that his performance improves enough to get the Blackhawks back to the Stanley Cup Final. Im very excited to come back to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted me in 1987, said Waite in a statement. I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Antti (Raanta), and to help contribute to the success of this organization. The Blackhawks can almost certainly live with a similar regular-season performance from Crawford this year. However, it’s vital that he show more consistency in the playoffs. Crawford had a 2.53 GAA and a .912 save percentage in the postseason, but even more than the numbers, he would lose his consistency and concentration at the wrong times. He struggled early in the first-round series with the St. Louis Blues and had a meeting with head coach Joel Quenneville after the Blackhawks lost the first two games of the series. source:

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Teravainen, 20, played in three games for Hawks last season after scoring 44 points (9G, 35A) with Jokerit in SM-Liiga. It was his first preseason game this season. Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg also made their preseason debuts for the Hawks. Versteeg scored the fifth and final goal on a two-on-one with Bryan Bickell in the third period. Bickell and Versteeg each had a goal an assist while Tervainen, Garret Ross and Andrew Shaw lit the lamp. Goaltender Scott Darling recorded the shutout and the Hawks improved to 2-2 during preseason play. Darling made 22 saves and had some help along the way with three shots ringing off the post. Bachman could not hold off Hawks’ offense and took the loss. The Hawks were shutout on two power plays, but in turn killed four penalties. Bickell opened the scoring with a redirect off a long shot by Nick Leddy with six minutes to go in the first period. Duncan Keith one-timed a loose puck along the boards, which bounced off Ross and into the net. Keith and Trevor van Riemsdyk were credited with the assists. source:

Last Season, In Summary The Chicago Blackhawks dreams of winning a second straight Stanley Cup came to a heartbreaking end in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. Alec Martinezs overtime goal ended their hopes of coming back from a 3-1 series deficit. En route to the conference final, Chicago finished third in the Central Division with a 46-21-15 (107 pts.) record. After dropping the opening two games to the St. Louis Blues in Round 1, the Blackhawks won nine of their next 10 games before the Kings built up their 3-1 series lead. Over the summer, general manager Stan Bowman grabbed what he believes is the solution at the no. 2 center position and opened up the checkbook to keep both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the Windy City for at least the next nine seasons. Is a run back to the Final in the cards? Last Seasons Definitive Highlight Somehow, Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan missed Jonathan Toews dancing around Brooks Orpik during Chicagos Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh. Off-Season Transactions There werent a lot of new faces coming to Chicago over the summer as Bowman concentrated on extending Kane and Toews (8 years, $84 million each) and signing Brad Richards to fill the no. source:–chicago-blackahawks-192515166.html


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