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Blackhawks Vs. Rangers Score Update: Chicago Leads 4-0 After 1st Period

Perhaps the Chicago Blackhawks' long period of suffering is about to come to an end on Thursday night, as they've taken a big 4-0 lead on the New York Rangers, but there's still 40 minutes to get through.

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Jonathan Toews got the scoring started with a penalty shot goal a little over a minute into the game; it was his 28th goal of the season. Nick Leddy scored about a minute after that to give Chicago a quick 2-0 lead. The onslaught continued when Patrick Sharp scored two minutes after Leddy's goal, and Marian Hossa later picked up the fourth goal of the period for Chicago.

Unofficially, Chicago out-shot New York 10-5.

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