Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/9/12

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 30: Michael Rupp #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 30, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
First Period: The first period was pretty evenly matched between the two clubs. Chicago had higher quality chances off the rush, but the Rangers had better zone pressure and ultimately the lead. Speaking of which, the Rangers first period goal came off a great play by Anisimov along the boards. He won possession, gave the puck to Mitchell, who then found Arty making a bee-line towards the net. Arty split the defenders and out-waited Emery for a pretty impressive goal in the slot. Stick tap to the line of Rupp, Mitchell, & Scott as well. They only had 3-4 shifts, but they made the best of it by taking the body, pressuring the puck, and keeping the puck in the Blackhawks’ zone. Can’t ask for much more from fourth liners. As for glass half-empty analysis, I thought the Rangers blueline again was making some questionable decisions with the puck. The Blackhawks didn’t do a whole lot with the opportunities afforded, but we were still seeing some bad turnovers at our own blueline. Sec...
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