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Nash's late goal lifts Rangers over Stars 3-2
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, makes a save against the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
January 10, 2014, 9:55 pm

NEW YORK (AP) Rick Nash snapped a tie with 1:58 left, and the New York Rangers sent the Dallas Stars to their fifth straight loss, 3-2 on Friday night.

Nash poked a rebound of Chris Kreider's shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give New York its first lead of the game.

Ryan Callahan and Derick Brassard both erased one-goal deficits, Brad Richards had two assists, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for the Rangers, who improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games.

Ryan Garbutt and Cody Eakin both had a goal and assist, but the Stars remained winless in 2014. Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for Dallas, which went 0-3 on its three-game trip through the New York metropolitan area.

After being shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 loss at New Jersey on Thursday, the Stars got their offense untracked early - grabbing the lead 4:06 in on Eakin's ninth goal.

Garbutt outraced Rangers defenseman Marc Staal to a loose puck deep in the New York end and sent a pass back to Eakin in the right circle. Eakin let go a shot that Lundqvist blocked with his arm, but couldn't control as it rolled and found its way into the net.

Dallas had the lead despite being outshot 8-3 at the time in the sluggish first period that featured multiple icing calls and frequent faceoffs.

New York tied it with 8:40 left in the period on Callahan's eighth of the season and first in five games since the Rangers captain returned from a nine-game absence caused by a sprained knee ligament. Benoit Pouliot kept the puck in the Dallas zone at the right point and got it to Richards, who took a shot on Lehtonen. Richards got to his rebound and moved the puck to his right to the streaking Callahan, who snapped in a shot as he was flying to the ice.

Dallas regained the lead 3:34 into the second period on Garbutt's eighth goal. Antoine Roussel sent a pass that Garbutt knocked down with the shaft of his stick. He then jammed the puck between Lundqvist's pads.

However, the Rangers got even again at 2-2 just 4:48 later when Brassard scored a power-play goal on the game's first advantage for either team. Mats Zuccarello sent a hard pass from above the right circle into the slot where Brassard deflected it past Lehtonen for his seventh of the season and fifth on the power play.

New York had other scoring chances in the second, including several scrums in front of the net, but couldn't convert. Nash shot wide on a breakaway, and Richards struck the crossbar with a drive.

NOTES: Callahan had an assist in each of his previous three games. ... The Rangers have scored a power-play goal in nine of the past 12 games. ... Stars D Aaron Rome returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. ... Garbutt has three goals in his last eight games. ... New York's first penalty was a diving call against Carl Hagelin in the third period. Dallas received its only power play later in the period.

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