Blackhawks rookie scores first hat trick
NEW YORK – Rookie sensation Artemi Panarin scored his first hat trick and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Wednesday night after blowing a two-goal lead.
Andrew Desjardins and Andrew Shaw also scored and Corey Crawford made 31 saves to help Chicago hand New York its first regulation loss at home in 11 games (8-1-2).
The Blackhawks, who scored a season-high four power-play goals Monday, got three more against New York. The Rangers were miffed by a controversial late penalty that led to Panarin's go-ahead goal with three minutes to play. He added an empty-net tally.
The game marked the return of Rangers captain and former Cretin-Derham Hall star Ryan McDonagh after missing four games because of a concussion.
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