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Rangers Stymied by Predators

Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves as the Nashville Predators snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night.

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Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators rides Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers into the boards at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Hutton (5-3-1) made his first start since Nov. 10 and his third appearance in that span as the Predators try to get by while Pekka Rinne (hip) is out. Marek Mazanec went 0-4-1 in the previous five games.

Matt Hendricks made it 3-1 just 2:38 into the third, knocking in a loose puck from in front, with Clune earning an assist. Paul Gaustad scored an empty-net goal with 1:06 left and added two assists.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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