NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) — Henrik Lundqvist reached 30
wins for the fourth straight season, Sean Avery scored his first
goal since returning to the Rangers and Scott Gomez had three
points in New York’s 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on
Lundqvist made 19 saves in his return from a one-game absence
caused by a stomach ailment that has bothered him for about 10
days. He has earned at least 30 wins in each of his NHL
Avery scored his fourth goal but first since rejoining the
Rangers last week after he was waived by the Dallas Stars.
Gomez had a goal and two assists, and Marc Staal and Fredrik
Sjostrom also scored for New York.
Shea Weber and J.P. Dumont netted the Predators’ goals.
Avery gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 3:38 into the first period.
Gomez’s shot bounced off the back boards and the puck slid
across the crease. Avery skated in from the right side and
tapped it into the open side of the net to beat goalie Dan
Weber tied it with nine minutes left in the period with a
power-play goal as he fired a wrist shot from a few feet inside
the blue line. The puck bounced off Lundqvist’s glove and into
Dumont gave the Predators their first lead with 5:06 remaining
in the first. He tried to center the puck from the left circle,
but his pass bounced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Dan
Girardi and into the net.
The Rangers made it 2-2 at 3:01 of the second period. Ellis
cleared the puck from behind the goal, but Ryan Callahan
intercepted the pass and fired a shot from the left side. Gomez
got position in front and directed the puck into the net.
The Rangers took a 3-2 lead with 2:31 left in the second. With
several players scrambling for a rebound in front of the net,
Staal tapped the puck past Ellis.
Sjostrom added a shorthanded goal 7:59 into the third period.