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Hawks goalie Corey Crawford looks good in victory vs. Rangers

Hawks goalie Corey Crawford made 22 saves Thursday earn his first victory since Jan. 18. | Scott Levy~Getty Images

Hawks goalie Corey Crawford made 22 saves Thursday to earn his first victory since Jan. 18. | Scott Levy~Getty Images

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Updated: March 18, 2012 8:21AM



NEW YORK — Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford lost his shutout just more than three minutes into the second period Thursday against the New York Rangers. But for a goalie who has struggled mentally after allowing some goals, he shut it out.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford ‘‘was big and looked good in the net’’ after making 22 saves in a 4-2 victory at Madison Square Garden that ended the Hawks’ nine-game skid.

‘‘It’s nice to win again,’’ Crawford said.

Crawford was screened by multiple players when the Rangers’ Marc Staal scored from the point early in the second. Carl Hagelin was credited with the Rangers’ other goal after a pass from Ryan McDonagh deflected off his skate and in at 15:15 of the third.

‘‘I could have done more to get around [the screen] and try to get an eye on it,’’ Crawford said of Staal’s goal. ‘‘There were a couple of adjustments I should have made. But I thought we didn’t really panic after that one, like we have maybe the last few games in this streak.’’

The biggest difference was that Crawford made key saves at key times, especially during a second-period flurry. It was his first victory since Jan. 18 against the Buffalo Sabres.

‘‘I felt in control and set in for most of the shots,’’ Crawford said.

Bettman bits

Hawks president John McDonough has been pushing for Chicago to host the All-Star Game, and it sounds as though the city will get one in the next few years. The Hawks last hosted the All-Star Game in 1991 at Chicago Stadium.

‘‘McDonough, as he pushed us very hard on the Winter Classic [in 2009] .  .  . expressed interest certainly in another All-Star Game,’’ NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. ‘‘Generally, [you] don’t go all that far out, but they’re on the radar screen. We’re not ready to fix dates.’’

After meeting with Chicago reporters, Bettman attended the Hawks-Rangers game with NHL Players Association leader Donald Fehr. Talks about a new collective-bargaining agreement weren’t on the agenda, though.

‘‘We may be sharing some popcorn, but that’s the whole extent of it,’’ Bettman said.

Hawks take in Lin

Patrick Kane, John Scott and Patrick Sharp attended the New York Knicks’ game — better known these days as the Jeremy Lin experience — Wednesday.

‘‘They are fun to watch,’’ Kane said. ‘‘[Lin] definitely dished.’’

Scott viewed Lin, who had 13 assists, differently.

‘‘Not very impressed,’’ Scott said. ‘‘I think D-Rose can take him.’’



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