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Clune scores rare goal, adds assist as Predators snap 5-game skid by beating slumping Rangers

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Clune scores rare goal, adds assist as Predators snap 5-game skid by beating slumping Rangers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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.

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.

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