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Lundqvist, Avery propel Rangers past Predators

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

Thursday night.

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

seasons.

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

Ellis.

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

the net.

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.

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