Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 27 shots he faced to make fellow All-Star Dan Girardi's first-period goal stand up as the New York Rangers snapped the Nashville Predators' five-game winning streak with a 3-0 home triumph on Tuesday.
John Mitchell scored for the second straight contest and captain Ryan Callahan was credited with an empty-net goal for New York, which pulled ahead of the idle Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues to record an NHL-best 62 points.
Lundqvist stopped 11 shots in the first period en route to his fourth shutout of the season and 39th career. The Swede has allowed one goal or fewer in eight of his last 13 contests.
Girardi opened the scoring 6:15 into the first period after his shot along the right wing boards caromed off the stick of exhausted defenseman Jack Hillen and past Anders Lindback. Hillen had been on the ice for over two minutes on his shift at the time of the goal, which was Girardi's fourth of the season.
Mitchell doubled the advantage midway into the second period after skating inside the right faceoff circle before wristing a shot that beat Lindback just inside the near post.
With Nashville's net empty in the waning moments, Callahan capped the scoring after he was pulled down on a breakaway. The officials promptly pointed to the net to signify a goal.
Making his first start since Dec. 23, Lindback suffered his fourth straight setback after stopping 26 shots in his Madison Square Garden debut.