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Zuccarello, Brassard have 2 assists each; Rangers hand Preds season-worst 3rd straight loss

  • New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and Predators' Craig Smith (15) react during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal as Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) and Predators' Craig Smith (15) react during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers' Keith Yandle (93) is tripped up by Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Rangers' Keith Yandle (93) is tripped up by Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators' James Neal (18) takes on a shot against New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) as Rangers' Marc Staal watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Nashville Predators' James Neal (18) takes on a shot against New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) as Rangers' Marc Staal watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard both had two assists, and the New York Rangers rebounded from a rare regulation loss and sent the NHL-leading Nashville Predators to their season-worst third straight defeat, 4-1 on Monday night.

Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Dominic Moore and Rick Nash had goals for the Rangers to make it a successful debut for defenseman Keith Yandle, acquired Sunday from Arizona. Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots to improve to 9-2-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned 33 on Monday.

The Rangers, 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, moved into a tie with the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division.

Zuccarello had a big game shortly after the Rangers announced he agreed to a four-year contract extension.