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Hawks start slow, fail to complete a rally falling to NY 2-1

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Blackhawks almost came back from the Olympic break the way they went into it. The Hawks did avoid another shutout but they couldn't sidestep a loss. The New York Rangers were hot before the break and they continued with a good effort to defeat Chicago 2-1.

For those anxiously awaiting the start-up of hockey this game was a buzz kill. The Blackhawks did improve as the game went on but it was too little too late. Give the Rangers kudos and credit should be given to their backup goaltender Cam Talbot who stopped 31 of 32 shots.

The Rangers rookie goalie has been very good all season. He has posted a 11-5 record with a stunning .938 save percentage to go along with a 1.75 goals against average. It looked like Talbot would get his third shutout of the season but Peter Regin scored his first goal as a Blackhawk with 12 seconds remaining in the contest.

Patrick Kane remains snake bit as he had a great chance to even the score with seconds remaining but Talbot made the stop. Talbot outplayed Corey Crawford but the main reason for the loss is the Hawks didn't play a full 60-minutes.

The Rangers got away turtling for most of the third period and the Hawks came away frustrated. The Blackhawks were off a bit and couldn't get to second chance opportunities. Talbot left some rebounds but the Chicago forwards did not convert. The power play has been ice cold and was 0-3 versus New York. Joel Quenneville was changing line combinations but to no avail.

Jonathan Toews had an uncharacteristic, lackadaisical turnover and the Rangers converted to take a 1-0 lead near the middle of the opening frame. Rick Nash scored the game winner with little more than four minutes to go.

Nash stayed determined and Niklas Hjalmarsson was bumped off the play by Andrew Shaw. It looked like Shaw and Bryan Bickell were out of gas. Bickell appeared to get caught leaning to get out of the defensive zone while Nash was ready to fire a shot at Crawford. On his best day Crawford may have made that save as he stopped Nash on a similar shot in the second period. On Thursday night it was not meant to be for the Blackhawks.

Coming back from Sochi, Duncan Keith looked none the worse for wear and Hjalmarsson played a nice game. But too many players disappeared for parts of the night and against a club desperate for a playoff berth, that won't work.

Quenneville will look to get a sharp, consistent effort out of his troops as the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. The Hawks will try to break a two game losing streak and get their offense back on track.

On Saturday night they will also look to make the city proud as all eyes will be fixed on Soldier Field.

You can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia and I will be back on Sunday morning.

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