Nash scores twice to reach 20; Rangers top Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Rick Nash scored two goals to reach 20 for the season, and the New York Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Tuesday night to sweep a three-game Western trip.
Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Carl Hagelin also scored for New York, which will finish its road swing at Carolina on Saturday.
Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross - with just 1:15 left - scored for Calgary. After a terrific start to the season, the Flames have lost six straight in regulation for the first time since Jan. 13-25, 2010.
Nash has a career-best 11-game point streak, recording eight goals and six assists during the spurt. He tied Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for the longest run in the NHL this season.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped two short-handed breakaways by Calgary: Lance Bouma on a 4-on-2 rush, and Josh Jooris on a 2-on-1 break. Lundqvist finished with 29 saves.
Nash opened the scoring 11:22 in when he broke in alone and beat Karri Ramo on a backhand-to-forehand move.
With the Rangers killing a penalty, Nash made it 3-0 at 3:06 of the second when he was set up by Stepan on a 2-on-1 break. His three short-handed goals are one shy of NHL-leader Tyler Toffoli of Los Angeles.
A key sequence came in the final minute of the first period.
Mats Zucarello raced the puck up ice and fired a long shot that Ramo handled easily. Ramo expected Kris Russell to clear the puck away, but he shoved it back toward Ramo.
Before Ramo could cover it, Kreider stuck in his stick and knocked the puck into the net to make it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 19:52.
The frustrated Ramo gestured with his trapper in the direction of Russell.
Down 3-0, the Flames nearly got on the board when Markus Granlund ripped a puck off the crossbar that fooled the goal judge.
Stepan then made it 4-0 at 11:15 on a wrap-around. That ended the night for Ramo, who was pulled by coach Bob Hartley after allowing four goals on 13 shots.
In his previous start, Ramo gave up four goals on 19 shots in Buffalo.
Hudler scored the Flames first goal at 11:56 of the second period, deflecting in Mark Giordano's point shot.
The Flames have scored only 10 times during their skid. However, they have held the edge in shots in five of the six games, including Tuesday.
Lundqvist, who improved to 13-7-3, has given up a total of two goals in his last three starts.
NOTES: Rangers C Derick Brassard (mumps) missed his second straight game. D John Moore was also scratched. D Matt Hunwick was back in the lineup after sitting out three games. ... LW Brandon Bollig, who has sat out four of six games, and recent call-up D Corey Potter didn't play for the Flames. ... Dating to Nov. 14, 2010, the Rangers are 96-1-1 in their last 98 regular-season games when they score at least four goals.