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January 16, 2019

Henrik Lundqvist makes 37 saves as Rangers beat Blues for second straight victory

January 1, 2019

Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and the Rangers got goals from Mats Zuccarello and Boo Nieves in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

The Rangers have won consecutive games for the first time since taking three in a row from Nov. 17-21. The Rangers’ 4-3 victory at Nashville on Saturday night was their first on the road in regulation this season, and they followed it right up with another one.

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The Rangers had allowed at least four goals in eight of their past 11 games before shutting down St. Louis. The Blues have 11 home losses in regulation this season, tying them with the Coyotes and Kings for most in the NHL.

The only goal Lundqvist gave up came at 10:08 of the first period when the Blues went ahead 1-0. David Perron fed Ryan O’Reilly, who fired a slap shot from the left faceoff circle for his 15th goal. O’Reilly has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games against Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist gets some deserved congratulations from Mats Zuccarello. (Bill Boyce / AP)

The Rangers tied it on their third power-play chance in the first period. Zuccarello scored his fourth goal this season when his shot from the right faceoff circle nicked goalie Jake Allen’s pad and trickled in at 19:40. It was the seventh time in their last eight games that the Blues have allowed a power-play goal.

The Rangers outshot the Blues 14-7 in the first period.

They took a 2-1 lead at 3:11 of the second when Nieves scored on a backhand from the right faceoff circle. Ryan Strome and Kevin Shattenkirk were credited with assists.

Shattenkirk was back in the lineup for the first time since separating his left shoulder Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay. Shattenkirk missed seven games.

The defenseman returned to St. Louis for the first time since he was traded to Washington on Feb. 27, 2017. Shattenkirk played parts of seven seasons with the Blues. He signed a $26.6 million, four-year contract with the Rangers as a free agent in the summer of 2017.

St. Louis had three power-play chances in the second period and outshot the Rangers 17-5 but failed to beat Lundqvist.

The Blues finished 0 for 4 on the power play. St. Louis went 3 for 32 on the power play in December.

St. Louis pulled Allen with 2:35 remaining. Allen had 21 saves.

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