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Backup G Darling earns 1st NHL shutout; Richards scores in Blackhawks' 1-0 win over Rangers

  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling stops a shot on the goal by New York Rangers' Dominic Moore (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling stops a shot on the goal by New York Rangers' Dominic Moore (28) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) stops a shot on the goal by Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) stops a shot on the goal by Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin (62) attempts to get control of the puck from Chicago Blackhawks' Brad Richards (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin (62) attempts to get control of the puck from Chicago Blackhawks' Brad Richards (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

Brad Richards broke a scoreless deadlock 7:19 into the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks cooled off goalie Cam Talbot and the surging New York Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Right after Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle rang a shot off the crossbar behind Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling, Richards got the puck in front of the New York net, waited patiently and snapped a shot past Talbot for his 11th goal.

The Blackhawks stretched their winning streak to four and snapped the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers' winning run at five games.

Richards, a member of the Rangers last season, has five career goals against New York. That was enough to make a winner of Darling, who played for just the third time since Dec. 13. He made 25 saves to improve to 7-3 and earn his first NHL shutout in 10 career games.