Talbot, Rangers take down Preds

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Talbot turned aside 25 shots to lead the New York Rangers in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.

New York pulled off several trades prior to Monday's deadline, including bringing in defensemen Keith Yandle and Chris Summers, along with forward James Sheppard. Yandle made his debut on Monday and was minus-one with three shots in close to 20 minutes of play.

"It was awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome," Yandle said of his debut.

Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Dominic Moore and Rick Nash all scored for the Rangers, who have won five of their last six games.

Mats Zuccarello, who New York signed to an extension on Monday, and Derick Brassard each posted two assists.

Matt Cullen had the lone goal for Nashville while Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 39 shots for the Predators, who have lost their last three.

"Every game we play right now is a test," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Rangers got on the board 6:36 in as a rush play saw Brassard send a pass from the right wing to the left where Zuccarello tapped it back for Staal, who finished off the play with his fifth goal of the year.

Nash was stopped by Rinne on a breakaway with five minutes to play in the first, but New York took a 2-0 lead 4:14 into the second.

A quick pass from the right boards by Zuccarello went to the front where Kreider had snuck behind the defense to one-time the puck in for his 17th of the season.

Nashville made it a 2-1 game at 15:24 of the second as Taylor Beck sent a backhand pass from his knees at the low left circle to the front where Cullen one-timed it home.

The Rangers got the goal back at 5:51 of the third as Dan Girardi's shot from the right point was stopped by Rinne, but Moore was there to put in the rebound.

Nashville pulled Rinne with just under four minutes to play, but was unable to get any closer and Nash put the puck into the empty net with 44 seconds left.

Game Notes

New York starts a five-game road trip in Detroit on Wednesday ... Nashville plays at New Jersey on Tuesday ... Nashville was 0-for-3 on the power play, while New York was 0-for-1.