NEW YORK (AP) — 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 3 miunutes to play. He added an empty-net tally.
Kevin Hayes, Derick Brassard and Dan Boyle scored for New York, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead early in the third period.
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh returned after missing four games with a concussion.
The turning point was a questionable call on Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle for holding Jonathan Toews behind the net with 3:30 to play.
Thirty seconds later, Patrick Kane made a sweet pass from the right corner that got past Artem Anisimov and found Panarin coming down the middle for a slam dunk against Henrik Lundqvist in close.
Panarin added his 22nd of the season into an empty net with 1:11 to go.
Lundqvist was so annoyed with the late penalty he yelled at the officials as they skated off the ice after the game.
Shaw tied it at 3 with a shot in close off a great setup by Teuvo Teravainen at 9:53, also on a power play.
Trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, the Rangers reeled off three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead early in the third period.
Hayes started the comeback with a goal in close at 13:45 of the second period and Brassard and Boyle put New York ahead with power-play goals in a 1:53 span early in the third period.
Both power-play goals came on a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Vincent Hinostroza.
Hayes, who got his goal off a great setup by rookie Oscar Lindberg, set up Boyle go-ahead goal with a nice pass from the right corner. Brassard had tied the game at 2-all with his career-best 20th goal.
The Blackhawks had jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Desjardins and Panarin.
Chicago scored on its first shot with Teravainen making a centering pass from the right corner for a tap in by Desjardins. It was his first goal in 12 games and Teravainen’s first assist in 12.
The Rangers thought they had tied the game early in the second period when Dan Girardi beat Crawford with a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Crawford immediately complained that Chris Kreider nudged him before the shot, the Blackhawks’ coaching staff challenged and referees Brian Pochmara and Justin St. Pierre waved the goal off after reviewing the replay.
The giveaway on the call was Kreider. He raised his stick in a rather lukewarm fashion after the goal, almost an admission he was in the wrong.
Not only did the Rangers lose the goal, their deficit increased to 2-0 midway through the period when Kreider was called for holding in the offensive zone. Late in the penalty, Panarin ripped a shot from the left face circle into the top corner with Anisimov screening Lundqvist.
While McDonagh returned, Rangers alternate captain Marc Staal was not in the lineup to be with his wife Lindsay as she gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Emily.
NOTES: Veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi cleared waivers and the Blackhawks assigned him to Rockford (AHL). … D Erik Gustafsson returned to the Chicago lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games. … Free- agent Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was at the game. … After missing practice Tuesday with the flu, Boyle was in the lineup, almost by necessity because the team only had six defensemen with Staal missing,
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