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A first NHL hat trick for Artem Anisimov saw the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 6-3 at the United Center on Wednesday.
This loss ended a six-game winning streak for New York, who has been in superb form of late.
Anisimov scored when the Blackhawks got their first power-play goal of the game after being held scoreless in their first four opportunities when he managed to slip a shot underneath Henrik Lundqvist to give Chicago a 4-1 lead mid-way through the third period.
“[Anisimov] was around the net, got rewarded for it and it seemed like we had the better of the net-front presence as the game progressed,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “It seemed to be necessary to find a way to get through them.”
Anisimov, who played his first three NHL seasons with the Rangers from 2009-12, completed the hat trick near the end of the third when he finished a lovely move after good work from Nick Schmaltz. “It means more,” Anisimov said of getting his first NHL hat trick against his former team. “When you go against your former team you want to play twice as hard and you want to score a goal, obviously. But I scored three today, so I’m happy.”
The goal of the game was surely Anisimov’s hat-trick goal at 16:12 in the third. As spoken about above, Schmaltz did stellar work in the buildup then laid the puck on a plate for the Russian to complete a memorable treble.
The Rangers will hope to get back on track next time out when they play at Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. For the Blackhawks, they have to travel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Ducks sweep past Bruins
Three men really stood out in Anaheim Ducks’ 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Honda Center on Wednesday.
Josh Manson and Nick Ritchie each had a goal and an assist, while goalkeeper John Gibson made an impressive 40 saves. It must be noted that Kevin Roy scored his first NHL goal in his third game, and Corey Perry had two assists, which incidentally was the Ducks’ eight consecutive win over the Bruins.
Even thought, they were often outplayed, the Ducks were extremely efficient in front of goal.
Despite been outshot 15-3 in the second period the Ducks outscored the Bruins 2-0 to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk spoke in glowing terms after the game about his side’s performance and in particular their second half.
“I thought we had a really good second overall, there were a couple plays there that they capitalized on. It was a lead we couldn’t get back.” The goal of the game was scored by Josh Manson.
Manson took a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle that hit Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the goal and got past goalie Tuukka Rask for a 2-1 lead at 14:24. It was a crucial point of the game where the bruins couldn’t capitalize on their dominance.
Lightning again sit at No. 1
The Lightning are first in the Super 16 for the fifth consecutive week and the unanimous No. 1 for the second time this season. It’s no surprise that the Lightning are No. 1 again.
They have the most wins in the NHL this season with 14, points with 30 and goals per game that stands at 3.89. They also are second on the power play scoring rate with 28.6 % and eighth on the penalty kill 84.1%.
On the individual front, center Steven Stamkos leads the League rankings with 31 points, and right wing Nikita Kucherov is second with 30. Stamkos has the most assists in the NHL with 23, and Kucherov has the most goals sitting on 16 for the season so far.
The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings remained No. 2 and 3 for the third straight week. The big movers of the week are the New Jersey Devils, who have jumped up from No. 7 to No. 4.