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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Erik Christensen scored the only goal in a shootout to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

After losing in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Rangers shut out Florida on Friday and beat Nashville to close their three-game, four-day trip. The Predators have lost four straight, two in shootouts.

Ryan Callahan scored for New York in regulation, and Colin Wilson connected for Nashville.

Wilson scored at 5:10 of the opening period.

Wilson took advantage of a turnover by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi inside the New York blue line, and beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot high to the glove side.

The goal was Wilson’s third of this season, but first since Oct. 24, a span of 13 games. He has a goal in each of his two career games against the Rangers.

Callahan tied it at 13:04 of the third period.

After a long shift inside the Nashville zone, Callahan’s wrist shot from the slot tucked just inside the right post for his seventh goal of the season. Nashville forward Marcel Goc broke his stick earlier in the shift and skated to the Predators’ bench just before Callahan scored.

Lundqvist stopped all three Predators shootout attempts for his first win of the season in the tiebreaker.

NOTES: Wilson’s father, Carey, played for the Rangers. … Rangers RW Marian Gaborik missed the game because of a flulike illness. … Nashville C David Legwand missed his fifth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. … Rangers rookie C Derek Stepan had his points streak snapped at six.

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