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Rangers-Blackhawks posts record rating for NBCSN

Marc Staal and Cam Talbot of the New

Marc Staal and Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers defend against Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Blackhawks-Rangers game on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday night averaged 2.39 percent of homes in the New York area, the best regular-season NHL rating ever for the network in the market, not counting the Rangers-Islanders game at Yankee Stadium last season.

Nationally, the game averaged 0.73 percent of homes in major markets, the second-best NHL regular-season rating this season on NBCSN.

The Rangers had their five-game winning streak snapped by a former player. In his return to Madison Square Garden, center Brad Richards scored the game-winner at 7:19 of the third period for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 1-0 win.

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