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Rangers beat Oilers 2-0 for 3rd straight win

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist made 16 saves, and the New York Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Sunday night.

Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin scored for New York (14-10-4), which has won three straight and five of seven.

It was Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season. He also had 29 saves in Saturday night’s 5-1 victory at Vancouver.

The Oilers (7-19-5) have lost four in a row and 15 of 16 overall.

The Rangers grabbed the lead when Girardi’s pass through the crease hit the skate of Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello and went past goaltender Ben Scrivens at 16:04 of the first.

It was the 21st time in 31 games that the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game.

Rick Nash picked up an assist on the play, running his point streak to a career-high 10 games.

Hagelin added an empty-net score with 22 seconds remaining.

Despite a limited amount of action around his net, Lundqvist did make a point-blank save on Oilers defender Jeff Petry with four minutes to play in the second.

Lundqvist bailed out his defenders with another big save in close on Taylor Hall with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.

Both teams play again on Tuesday. The Rangers travel to Calgary to face the Flames and the Oilers begin a two-game road swing against the Arizona Coyotes.

NOTES: It was the second of two games between the teams this season. The Oilers earned a 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9, but came into the game with just one win in the 15 games since (1-10-4). … Edmonton recalled defenseman Brad Hunt from the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL before the game, but he was a healthy scratch. … Out with injuries for the Oilers were Benoit Pouliot (foot), Boyd Gordon (back), Nikita Nikitin (back) and Oscar Klefbom (foot) The Rangers had no reported injuries.

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