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Brassard, Zuccarello, Hayes score early to lead Rangers past Blues 6-3 for 7th straight win

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes scored in the first period, and the New York Rangers beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.

J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi also scored for New York, which improved to 12-2-2.

Dmitrij Jaskin, Vladimir Tarasenko and Troy Brouwer scored for St. Louis, which had won three in a row. The Blues fell to 11-4-1.

New York and St. Louis entered ranked first and third, respectively, in the NHL in goals against per game. But the first of their two meetings this season was a wild affair.

By the first intermission, the Rangers led 3-1 and the Blues had made a goaltending change.

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