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Friday, March 9, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Rangers 3

By Jesse Rogers

Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' win over the Rangers on Friday nigth.

How it happened: After falling behind 2-1 in the third period, the Hawks turned it on with goals from Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya 1:02 apart to take their first lead of the game. Oduya’s blast from the point was his first goal as a Hawk. He had an assist on a second-period score as well. The Hawks fell behind 1-0 but tied it on Andrew Shaw’s tip-in of Oduya’s shot. New York took the lead in the third after pressure led to a Brandon Prust rebound goal but the Hawks didn’t give up and prevailed after a great finish. Patrick Kane added an empty net score, though New York tallied with 40 seconds left to close the gap to one.

What it means: The Hawks showed some fight by not packing it in after the third-period score by Prust. The sequence that led to Sharp’s tying goal energized the crowd. That energy led to a go-ahead goal by Oduya, who showed accuracy and power with his point shots. That could come in handy for a defense that hasn’t had a good year with blue-line shots. The Hawks didn’t give up many quality chances though they got beat on the goals by turnovers and pressure. Still, they kept the shots on goal down which helped Emery after a tough night in St. Louis.

What’s next: The Hawks have a practice day on Saturday before hosting the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night.