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Big night for Rick Nash as Eastern Conference champion Rangers beat Blues 3-2 in opener

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ST. LOUIS - Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, including the tiebreaking score late in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Thursday night in the first game of the season for both teams.

Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist for the Eastern Conference champions, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.

Jaden Schwartz led the Blues with a goal and an assist. Paul Stastny also scored, and Brian Elliott stopped 22 shots.

After a fortunate carom off the glass, Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining off a behind-the-back pass from Martin St. Louis in front of the net.

New York opened the scoring 4:01 into the first period on Nash's low shot from the slot off a Blues turnover in the defensive zone. Kreider was credited with the assist.

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