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

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.

- Associated Press