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Flames fall 4-1 in New York on Sunday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NEW YORK, NY -- The New York Rangers acquired goalie Antti Raanta during the offseason hoping he could duplicate what Cam Talbot did as the backup goalie the past two seasons.

Raanta is delivering the goods so far.

Making his second start of the season, Raanta made 22 saves and the Rangers got goals from forwards Oscar Lindberg and Derick Brassard, and defencemen Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein to defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Jiri Hudler scored Calgary's goal.

Ten of New York's 18 skaters had a point, including forward Emerson Etem, who got his first point as a Ranger. He was playing in his second game. Etem was in the lineup for Viktor Stalberg, who is day-to-day with a head injury he sustained Saturday in Philadelphia.

The Rangers (6-2-2) have earned points in five straight games, including four victories. Calgary (2-6-0) still has two games left on its road trip, including against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday.

The Rangers don't play next until Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Flames goalie Jonas Hiller made 17 saves before he was replaced by Joni Ortio during a television timeout at 12:01 of the third period. Brassard made it 4-1 with a shot that beat Hiller cleanly at 10:26.

Klein made it 3-1 with his second goal of the season at 8:38 of the third period. Hiller left rebounds on the two previous shots before Klein's scored from 40 feet out. His shot hit Calgary defenceman Deryk Engelland and went into the net.

Girardi and Lindberg scored in the second period to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. They had two goals on five shots in the period.

The Flames have not had a lead going into the second intermission this season. They have trailed after two periods in seven of their eight games.

Raanta also had a 22-save shutout in a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks last Monday.

New York got Raanta in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 27, the same day it traded Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for three draft picks.

Talbot won 33 games for the Rangers in the past two seasons, including 21 last season, when Lundqvist missed time with a neck injury.

Calgary had a 1-0 lead after the first period on Hudler's third goal of the season. It came 3:06 into the game. Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had the primary assist, giving him nine assists on the season, tied for most in the League with five other players.

Rangers center Kevin Hayes had a chance to give the Rangers a lead at 1:31 of the first, when he was staring at an open net the puck on his stick in the lower part of the right circle. His shot went through the blue paint and out the other side, barely missing the left post.

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