Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello Line Sparks 4-3 Rangers Win over Chicago

Linemates Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Mats Zuccarello each scored a goal, powering the Rangers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at The Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, notching his 445th career win, tying him for 6th place all-time, with Terry Sawchuk.

After Brandon Saad scored a power play goal 5:41 into the game to make it 1-0, Filip Chytil scored an electric, unassisted goal at 13:20 to tie the score, 1-1. Zuccarello pushed in a loose puck at 17:38 to make it 2-1 Rangers.

In the 2nd period, Kreider’s team-leading 22nd goal of the season, at 13:09 made it a 3-1 New York lead.

Alex DeBrincat score a power play goal 1:40 into the 3rd period to cut the lead to 3-2, and then, as has happened so often this season, it was a matter of whether the Rangers could hold a 3rd period lead. Zibanejad’s empty-netter with 19 seconds to go made it 4-2, and Dominik Kahun‘s goal with one second left gave the game its 4-3 final score

The Rangers [now 20-20-7, 47 pts] play the Bruins in Boston Saturday night.