Rangers hold off Hawks who’s MSG drought continues


NEW YORK—Playing the defending Stanley Cup champions to end a stretch of four games in six nights is hardly the blueprint for success.Don’t tell that to the New York Rangers, who stood up to the Blackhawks and skated off with a tense 3-2 victory on Monday night.Henrik Lundqvist, fresh off his 25th NHL shutout two nights earlier, had enough of a challenge in turning aside 33 shots, but his teammates blocked 33 other drives that never got through to him.Ryan Callahan shook off the pain of one of those blocks and earned his second assist of the night on Brandon Dubinsky’s second goal of the game in the opening minute of the third period. That gave New York a 2-1 lead that didn’t last long.Patrick Kane tied it at 2 at 6:08, but Erik Christensen put New York back on top only 28 seconds later.Dubinsky, who leads New York with seven goals, got the Rangers even at 1 in the final minute of the first period. Both goals were set up by linemates Callahan and Artem Anisimov. The Rangers won their second straight and earned only their second home victory (2-3-1). Tomas Kopecky also scored and Marty Turco stopped 20 shots for the Blackhawks, who had defenseman Brian Campbell in the lineup for the first time this season after he recovered from a knee injury, but dropped their fourth in six games.The Hawks had a 6-on-4 skating advantage for the final 25.6 seconds after Turco was pulled and Girardi dragged down Kopecky as he drove to the net.Lundqvist and the Rangers held on. Dubinsky converted Callahan’s pass 55 seconds into the third, but Kane slipped a shot between Lundqvist’s pads to get the Hawks even.Before that goal could be announced, Christensen got to a loose puck that caromed off the stick of Patrick Sharp and flipped in a shot from the left hash marks at 6:36.The Blackhawks had a chance to get even again when the Rangers were caught with too many men on the ice at 7:27, but the Blackhawks — who own the NHL’s third-most efficient power-play unit — couldn’t take advantage.After the first 17 minutes were played in tight-checking fashion, the Blackhawks went up 1-0 on Kopecky’s second goal — first in eight games. Kopecky got the blade of his stick on Duncan Keith’s drive from the right circle and deflected the puck past Lundqvist with 2:47 left in the first.But they couldn’t carry that lead even as far as the intermission.The Rangers prevented a clearing attempt in the period’s final minute and worked the puck behind the Blackhawks’ net.Callahan, who scored in each of the previous four games, set up this one with a pass into the slot. Dubinsky quickly fired a shot that hit Anisimov’s stick and kicked around the crease. Keith inadvertently swept the puck back to Dubinsky, who nudged in a shot through traffic with 20.5 seconds remaining.Both teams had earlier chances that were turned aside. Callahan nearly scored off a rebound of Dubinsky’s shot during a power play about three minutes in. Right after that advantage ended, Sharp — who has 10 goals in 13 games — was stopped by Lundqvist on a breakaway.NOTES—The Blackhawks haven’t won at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 11, 2002.