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Rangers' new third line of Viktor Stalberg, Oscar Lindbeg, J.T. Miller earning praise

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault holds a news

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault holds a news conference to open training camp in Greenburgh, N.Y. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

CHICAGO -- The Rangers new third line of Viktor Stalberg, Oscar Lindberg and J.T. Miller made an impact in their first game.

Lindberg beat Corey Crawford at 1:43 to open the scoring and won six of nine faceoffs; Miller had two assists and Stalberg one.

"They played 11 or 12 minutes, they were hard on the puck, and when they didn't have it, they forechecked hard to get it back," coach Alain Vigneault said. "When they had the puck, they made some good plays. They had a good night."

"I just thought we played a smart game," Miller said. "We made the plays in our own end, got every puck out. We kept pucks deep, always had a good third man. And I thought we did a good job winning faceoffs."

Henrik's legacy

Henrik Lundqvist became the fourth Blueshirts goalie to start in at least 10 regular-season openers, joining Ed Giacomin, Gump Worsley, and Mike Richter. He is 6-3-1 . . . The Rangers were credited with 46 hits, the Hawks 25 . . . Two of the six new Rangers on the roster, Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath, as well as veteran Tanner Glass, were healthy scratches . . . Ryan McDonagh had a welt on his Adam's apple after being struck by Andrew Shaw's shot in the third period.

Dineen's call

The Rangers didn't challenge any of the goals, but remember this name: Jerry Dineen. The team's video coach will play a major role in determining whether Vigneault will use the new coach's challenge on goals that could be disallowed.

"When they review a goal, it takes 30 seconds to a minute, they won't tell you whether it's goaltender interference or offsides," Vigneault said, so he will turn to Dineen.

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