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 width=James Neal scored twice, Nashville scored three times to open the final period and the Predators held off the New York Rangers 5-3 on Monday night.

Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Neal scored in the first 11:13 of the third period, making two late goals by the Rangers meaningless. Filip Forsberg also scored, Mike Ribeiro had three assists and Roman Josi had two assists. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves and Nashville won for the third time in four games against a Rangers team that's tied for third in the NHL with 106 goals.

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

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

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