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Blackhawks collapse in 3rd period for 6-3 loss to Rangers

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Chicago allowed five goals in the final period.

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The Blackhawks collapsed in the third period, allowing five goals and only scoring two in a 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night at the United Center.

Robin Lehner made 35 saves, but allowed five goals on 19 shots in the third as the Blackhawks (26-26-8) allowed 1.73 expected goals against.

Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and Drake Caggiula had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which is 2-6-2 in its past 10 after a five-game winning streak.

How it Happened

Filip Chytil put the Rangers up 1-0 at 1:58 when he raced through the neutral zone, was forced to the outside by Adam Boqvist, but beat Lehner. That would hold up as the Rangers’ sole tally through two periods as Lehner made 21 saves.

Lehner also received help on a save from Jonathan Toews, who stopped a puck from crossing the goal line after it passed Lehner.

Kubalik scored from the left circle to tie it 1-1 at 2:29 of the second. Duncan Keith got his 500th career assist on the goal.

The Rangers regained control of the period, but the Blackhawks surged late and controlled the puck, limiting the Rangers to five shots in the last 11 and a half minutes.

The Blackhawks spent a fair bit of time on the power play, and only generated one scoring chance and two shots in five minutes of five-on-four.

Chicago’s defense and Lehner melted down, allowing two goals in less than 90 seconds in the first 4:01 of the third. Pavel Buchnevich scored first before Olli Maatta took a holding penalty against new Ranger Julien Gauthier, and Ryan Strome — older brother Dylan Strome — scored on the ensuing power play to give New York a 3-1 lead.

Kubalik scored his second goal of the game when he raced ahead of everyone on a breakaway and put a shot past Igor Shesterkin. Caggiula started Kubalik off on the path down the ice, forcing a turnover at the Chicago blue line.

The Rangers scored the next two goals, as Chris Kreider scored off an assist from Mika Zibanejad, beating Boqvist along the way, and Artemi Panarin scored off Dylan Strome’s turnover for a 5-2 New York lead.

Caggiula brought the Blackhawks within 5-3 with a one-timer from the slot.

Zibanejad redirected Buchnevich’s shot for the 6-3 final.

Game Charts

Puck possession flow chart (5-on-5)
Shot heat map (All situations)

Three Stars

1. Mika Zibanejad (NYR) — One goal, two assists, five shots, two takeaways

2. Chris Kreider (NYR) — One goal, two assists, one shot, one takeaway

3. Dominik Kubalik (CHI) — Two goals, three shots, one takeaway

What’s next?

The Blackhawks face the Predators at 7:30 p.m. Friday at United Center.