Chicago Blackhawks defeat New York Rangers, 2-1

It was a harsh way to lose, and now comes a harsh send-off as the Rangers made a somewhat surprising move Thursday in an effort to get a prized rookie back on track.

The Rangers demoted Matt Gilroy to AHL Hartford, the move coming less than 24 hours after the freshman defenseman was toasted by the Blackhawks' Dustin Byfuglien for the game-winning overtime goal in the Blueshirts' bitter 2-1 loss on Wednesday night in Chicago. That play was the culmination of a nightmaris...

CHICAGO - This was like a game of keep-away, the Chicago Blackhawks controlling the puck and the tempo in all three zones.

And Henrik Lundqvist couldn't keep them out of that last patch of ice forever.

The Rangers' struggling goal-tender stood on his head to hold off the Blackhawks for more than 54 minutes Wednesday night, but the tenuous lead the Rangers held for much of the game, like their effort, had no leg to stand on. Jonathan Toews' power-play goal with 5:55 t...

"It's a mess," John Tortorella said. "Let's call it what it is, it's a mess."

Okay, the coach was talking about the Rangers' backup goaltending situation, but what to call the rest of the roster that has lost five of six, is soft on defense and has a forward corps that can't score? When even Henrik Lundqvist - brilliant on Wednesday in an otherwise noncompetitive game in Chicago - has been shaky at the wrong times, and Marian Gaborik - still the NHL leader in goals ente...