Predators 4, Rangers 1

Everett Merrill, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Nashville Predators goalie Carter Hutton, making his first start in 14 games, stopped 28 shots in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The win stopped a five-game losing streak for Nashville (14-14-3).
New York (15-16-1) dropped the first three games of a nine-game homestand, the longest in franchise history. Tuesday's loss marked the 12th time this season the Rangers scored one goal or none.
Center Matt Hendricks, left winger Rich Clune and center Paul Gaustad recorded a goal and an assist each for Nashville.
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (9-13-1) stopped 22 shots for the Rangers.
The Predators scored twice in the first period and twice in the third.
Hendricks gave Nashville a 3-1 lead at 2:38 of the third. The Predators center fired a loose puck from 10 feet in front of Lundqvist for his second goal of the season. Clune and Gaustad were credited with the assists.
Gaustad added an empty-net goal late in the game.
New York cut the Predators' lead in half at 2-1 on a nifty goal from left winger Rick Nash in the second period. He skated across the front of the net, then deked out Hutton on the forehand at 6:38 for his sixth goal of the season. The assists went to right winger Brad Richards and center Derick Brassard.
The goal was the 600th point of Nash's career.
Clune's backhander at 17:52, his first goal of the season, provided the Predators with a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Nashville's first-period scoring drought ended with left winger Nick Spaling's wrist shot from the slot at 13:45. The last time the Predators scored the first goal of a game was in a 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Nov. 27.
The play was kept alive when center David Legwand sprawled out to feed a loose puck to right winger Patric Hornqvist, who found Spaling for his fourth goal in his past 12 games.
NOTES: Rangers C Ryan Callahan suffered a sprained knee in the first period and didn't return. ... New York D Marc Staal missed his second game due to a concussion. ... New York recalled RW Arron Asham from AHL Hartford on Monday and sent down C J.T. Miller. Asham has accumulated 1,004 penalty minutes in 786 NHL games. ... Nashville D Shea Weber is tied for second in the league among defensemen with seven goals. Weber is the only defensemen to lead his team in goal scoring. ... Entering Tuesday's action, the Predators were tied for the league lead in face-off win percentage (54.5 percent). ... New York and Nashville entered the game each averaging 2.23 goals a game. ... Nashville D Seth Jones began the night leading all rookies in average ice time at 23:34. However, he played just 9:29 on Tuesday.

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