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James Neal scores twice and Predators hold off Rangers, 5-3

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, pulls the puck out of the net as Nashville Predators players head to the bench after a goal by Predators left wing James Neal (18) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, pulls the puck out of the net as Nashville Predators players head to the bench after a goal by Predators left wing James Neal (18) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, kneels on the ice as Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden; Miikka Salomaki (20), of Finland; and James Neal (18) celebrate a goal by Neal in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, kneels on the ice as Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden; Miikka Salomaki (20), of Finland; and James Neal (18) celebrate a goal by Neal in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, blocks a shot against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, blocks a shot against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

James Neal scored twice, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and the Nashville Predators held off the New York Rangers 5-3 on Monday night.

Filip Forsberg, Craig Smith and Ryan Ellis also scored for the Predators. Roman Josi added two assists, Pekka Rinne had 26 saves and Nashville won for the third time in four games.

Jesper Fast, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller had goals but New York lost its fourth in five games.

Forsberg scored the first goal with 1:04 left in the first period.

With Nashville on a power play, Josi sent a pass from the right boards to Forsberg on the left faceoff dot, where he sent a one-timer by New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on the stick side.

Forsberg has three goals in his last two games and extended his point streak to five games.

Fast tied the game at 6:59 of the second. Standing in the low slot, he deflected Dan Girardi's shot from the right point between Rinne's pads.

Girardi returned to the Rangers lineup after missing five games with a small crack in his right kneecap.

Nashville regained the lead at 13:48 of the second on Neal's 14th of the season. From the high slot, he beat Lundqvist with a wrist shot that glanced off of the left post and in.

Smith gave Nashville a two-goal lead at 7:34 of the third when he tipped home Josi's shot from the high slot.

That goal came just 2:16 after Forsberg appeared to make it 3-1 at 5:18 with a shot from behind the New York net, but the goal was overturned when the Rangers challenged. Upon review, it was determined that Smith interfered with Lundqvist on the play.

Ellis scored at 9:52 of the third on Nashville's second power-play goal of the night. Neal scored his second of the game at 11:13.

Lundqvist was relieved by Antti Raanta following Neal's second goal. Lundqvist made 30 saves on 35 shots against.

Nash scored an unassisted goal at 13:20 of the third and Miller followed with his eighth of the season at 16:02.

NOTES: Rangers D Kevin Klein, a former Predator, returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with an oblique injury. ... Nashville has scored at least one power-play goal in four of their last five games. ... The Predators are 15-3-3 when scoring first this season. ... Nashville C Mike Fisher played his first game since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 1.