NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Nashville
(Thursday, December 8th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Nashville 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Petr Prucha and Steve Rucchin scored two goals apiece to lead the New York Rangers past the Nashville Predators, 5-1, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Jaromir Jagr notched a goal and two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who won for the second time in their last three games.
Yanic Perreault tallied his seventh goal of the year and Chris Mason made 14 saves after replacing Tomas Vokoun in net for Nashville, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Vokoun, who stopped 6-of-8 shots, left after the first period due to a knee injury.
High-scoring center David Legwand left in the second period with a knee injury. He and Vokoun will undergo MRI's and be re-evaluated on Friday.
"Hopefully, it's nothing serious," Nashville center Paul Kariya said. "Tomas is a battler and he wouldn't pull himself out if he wasn't hurt."
New York drew first blood 12:31 into the first period after Jagr skated behind the Predators' net and stuffed a backhand past Vokoun's glove side for a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers made it 2-0 with 31 seconds left in the first after Prucha went in on a breakaway and beat Vokoun with a backhand.
"The Rangers have got a great penalty killing unit," Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "We didn't get many scoring opportunities."
New York extended its lead 2:11 into the second frame after Rucchin redirected a backhand pass from Jagr from the doorstep past Mason for a three-goal edge.
Just four minutes later, the Rangers continued their onslaught as Prucha scored his second goal of the game after one-timing a pass from below the left circle past Mason to make it 4-0.
"The Predators should blame themselves for not scoring on the power play," Jagr said. "We had the same game yesterday."
New York upped its lead to five midway through the second period after Rucchin redirected a slap shot from the point past Mason for his second tally of the contest.
Perreault scored an even-strength goal 4:15 into the third period for Nashville's only tally of the contest.
Nashville went 0-8 on the power play, snapping a string of 11-consecutive games where they scored at least one power-play goal...New York, which went 0- for-4 with the man advantage, is just 4-for-47 over the last nine games on the power play...The Predators fell to 13-3-0 at home, while the Rangers improved to 9-6-2 on the road.
12/08 23:03:05 ET