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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at NY Rangers



(Tuesday, December 10th)

Final Score: Nashville 4, NY Rangers 1

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - In the midst of their longest homestand in franchise history, the New York Rangers likely can't wait to hit the road again.

Behind a goal and two assists from Paul Gaustad and a 28-save effort from Carter Hutton, the Nashville Predators dealt the Rangers their fourth straight loss at Madison Square Garden via a 4-1 decision.

Rich Clune and Matt Hendricks each scored once and assisted on another to help the Predators halt a season-high five-game skid, with David Legwand contributing a pair of helpers to the victory.

The Rangers fell to 0-2-1 on their nine-game residency and now have their longest home losing streak since a four-game slide from Feb. 20-Mar. 3, 2011.

"It's just a really tough stretch for us right now where it's hard to get points," said New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. "You just have to work through it, stick together and like I said, be positive. It's definitely a test for all of us."

Rick Nash accounted for the lone New York goal, while Lundqvist stopped 22- of-25 shots on the evening.

The Predators put just six shots on Lundqvist in the opening period, but two of them found the back of the net as the visitors took a comfortable lead into the first intermission.

Lundqvist stopped Legwand on a partial breakaway around six minutes in, but the Nashville center was able to keep the puck in the Rangers zone and help send it to Nick Spaling for a successful wrister in close that put the Preds ahead.

"I thought that was huge for us, establishing our play right away," Hutton remarked.

Hendricks set up Nashville's second score, skating up the right side and chipping a pass to Clune for a backhand attempt that snuck in with 2:08 remaining in the period.

"We got that first goal and didn't look back," said Clune.

Lundqvist came up with 12 saves in the second period to prevent the Predators from pulling away, and the Rangers finally got on the board with 6:38 to go in the session.

While catching Nashville on a line change, Nash took in a feed from Brad Richards and got Hutton out of position with a deke before putting home his sixth goal of the season.

The Predators came out strong in the third, however, and restored a two-goal advantage when Hendricks knocked in a puck loose in front with 2:38 elapsed in the frame.

New York failed on a power-play chance later in the period and couldn't generate much when pulling Lundqvist with 1:36 left. Thirty seconds later, Gaustad scored into the vacated net from near center ice to put the finishing touches on the victory.

Game Notes

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan exited the contest in the first period with a sprained knee and did not return ... Nash's goal was his 600th career NHL point ... Clune had gone 31 games since his last goal, which came against Phoenix on Mar. 28 of last season ... The Predators are 14-3-2 when scoring more than one goal in a game this season and 12-1-2 when netting the game's initial goal ... Rangers defenseman Marc Staal missed a second straight game due to concussion-like symptoms, while teammate Derek Dorsett returned from a 3-game absence caused by a wrist injury ... The road team has now prevailed in eight of the last nine matchups in the series.

12/10 23:54:36 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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CHR 9
DUR 1
 
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CHA 97
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ATL 3
MIA 1
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CHC 5
ARI 7
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HOU 3
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CIN 5
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KAN 3
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ANA 4
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MIN 6
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