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Nashville Predators NSH 0 0 0 0
27 SHOTS 28
26 FACEOFFS 26
27 HITS 36
4 PIM 6
0/3 PP 0/2
3 GIVEAWAYS 6
6 TAKEAWAYS 5
7 BLOCKED SHOTS 18
       

Rangers bring their 'A' game in a 3-0 win over Preds

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 10:22 PM

2011-12 Game No. 44; Home Game No. 20 Rangers' Record: 29-11-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
• Full Highlights | Tortorella Postgame • Callahan, Girardi, Mitchell, Lundqvist Postgame
GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and the Rangers stayed atop the NHL standings with a 3-0 victory over Nashville that stopped the Predators' winning streak at five games on Tuesday night.

The Predators have won eight of 10. The Rangers had lost two of three entering Tuesday's game after a five-game winning streak.
The Blueshirts continue to lead the NHL with 62 points.

John Mitchell scored midway through the second period and defenseman Dan Girardi had a goal in the first when what appeared to be a pass went off Nashville defenseman Jack Hillen and fluttered in behind backup goalie Anders Lindback.

Ryan Callahan was awarded a goal when he dived to try to knock the puck into the empty net in the final minute, and Martin Erat dived on top of him.

Fans chanted "Hen-rik!" several times, none louder than just before the final minute, when Nashville had to take its timeout. Lundqvist didn't need to make another save after that, as he earned his 39th NHL shutout.

Mitchell has been getting more ice time lately. He also scored New York's goal in a 4-1 loss in Montreal on Sunday.

On Tuesday, he skated into the corner, drew defenseman Francis Bouillon with him, hit the brakes, popped back out, and was alone to fire a shot past Lindback's short side at 10:42 of the second. Lindback, the backup to Pekka Rinne, made 25 saves.

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers’ current .705 winning percentage through 44 games is the team’s best start in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 30-7-7 record (.761). It is also the third best 44-game start in franchise history and ranks one point ahead of the 1994 Cup champions.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Girardi 3. Prust


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The most remarkable thing about this first-place Rangers team is its absolute refusal to fall into any kind of losing streak and the way it sticks together in doing that. At this rate, no one should be surprised if the franchise record of 52 wins is shattered before April 7.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (26:43)
Shots -- Boyle (4)
Hits -- Callahan (7)
Blocks -- McDonagh (3)
Takeaways -- Five players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (17)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. NASHVILLE
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Derek Stepan
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
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