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Unlikely Scorer Clune Leads Predators Over Rangers

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Nashville Predators' Rich Clune, left, scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators' Rich Clune, left, scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Spaling and Rich Clune scored first-period goals, and seldom-used backup Carter Hutton made 28 saves as the Nashville Predators snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Hutton (5-3-1) made his first start since Nov. 10 and his third appearance in that span as the Predators try to get by while Pekka Rinne (hip) is out. Marek Mazanec went 0-4-1 in the previous five games.

Matt Hendricks made it 3-1 just 2:38 into the third, knocking in a loose puck from in front, with Clune earning an assist. Paul Gaustad scored an empty-net goal with 1:06 left and added two assists.

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