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Lundqvist, Rangers halt Predators' win streak

Jan 18, 2012 - 4:49 AM
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as the New York Rangers downed the Nashville Predators, 3-0, at Madison Square Garden.

Dan Girardi, John Mitchell and Ryan Callahan lit the lamp for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games.

Anders Lindback allowed two goals on 28 shots as the Predators had their five- game win streak snapped.

"Going into this game we talked about playing a confident team and they were on a roll," said Lundqvist. "I felt like the first 10 minutes they made some good plays, but then we took over a little bit. We started playing more physical and slowed them down a little bit."

Girardi gave Lundqvist all the offense he would need at the 6:15 mark of the first period when Nashville's Jack Hiller redirected Girardi's shot from the right circle over the glove of Lindback.

Mitchell gave the Rangers some cushion past the midpoint of the second period with a wrister from the right circle that snuck through Lindback's pads, and Callahan was awarded a goal in the final minute of regulation when he was hooked from behind while racing towards the empty net to account for the final margin.

Nashville's best chance to get to Lundqvist was the second period when the Predators were awarded their only two power plays of the game, but they failed to convert on the man advantages as Lundqvist turned aside all eight shots he faced in the frame.

The 29-year-old Swede made 11 saves in the first period and eight in the third to record his 39th career shutout.

"I thought we had a decent effort against a top team in the East. I don't think we played poorly by any means," Predators center Mike Fisher said. "We competed and just didn't bury our chances."

Game Notes

Nashville was denied a season-high six-game win streak for the second time this year. The Predators also won five straight from December 8-17...Nashville went 0-for-3 on the power play.