Highlights: Blackhawks fall 2-1 in sluggish comeback

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By Chris Hine

In the second period, Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger had to take some time away from the ice while he attended to his face, which had just absorbed a blistering shot off the stick of Rangers center Brad Richards.

Kruger, who returned to the ice after making sure everything was still in its right place, certainly received his wake-up call as the Hawks played their first game back after the Olympic break.

Metaphorically speaking, the rest of the Hawks could have used a puck to the face Thursday night in a sleepy 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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