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Henrik Lundqvist makes 31 saves, Rangers blank Predators 3-0 for 9th straight home win

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Monday night for their ninth straight victory at home.

Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 10 games overall and improved to 16-3-2. New York's 34 points are tied with Dallas and Montreal for most in the NHL.

The shutout was the 57th in regular-season play for Lundqvist and his second against Nashville.

Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who fell to 11-6-3 with their third straight shutout loss.

Nashville hasn't scored in a franchise-record 213 minutes, 47 seconds, since Miikka Salmomaki's goal at 6:13 of the second period in a 3-2 win over Anaheim last Tuesday.

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