Rangers 5, Avalanche 1

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 8:54 PM Feb 04 2014   UPDATED: 8:54 PM Feb 04 2014

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers put together their first four-game winning streak of the season, turning back the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

New York (31-23-3) received two first-period goals from right wing Ryan Callahan in claiming their seventh win in the last 10 games. The Rangers have not lost since Jan. 23 and have outscored their opponents 18-6 in the four-game win streak.

Colorado's four-game win streak ended with the loss. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche (36-15-5), the best road team in the NHL with a .692 winning percentage.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his last 10 games (8-2). Lundqvist stopped 27 shots against Colorado.

Semyon Varlamov registered 37 saves for the Avalanche.

Center Derick Brassard recorded his 10th goal of the season and center Brad Richards scored his 15th in the third period.

After Colorado cut the Ranger lead to 2-1 at 6:37 of the second period, New York got the lead back to two goals when defenseman Anton Stralman floated a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Varlamov at 7:30 of the second. Left wing Mats Zuccarello and center Derick Brassard had the assists.

The Avalanche scored their lone goal after center Paul Stastny won the faceoff on the power play. He sent the puck back to 18-year-old rookie center Nathan MacKinnon, who found Landeskog open in the right slot. Landeskong's snap shot was his 17th goal of the campaign.

The Avalanche could not take advantage of a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:50 late in the second period. Lundqvist stopped two point-blank shots from MacKinnon and one from Landeskog on the penalty kill.

MacKinnon leads all rookies with 42 points.

Callahan gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the first period. The 28-year-old right wing, the subject of recent trade rumors, received a cross-zone pass from left wing Carl Hagelin and flipped a backhander for his 10 goal of the season at 14:16.

Callahan scored again at 17:35, sending a wrist shot past three Avalanche defensemen crowded in front of the net at 17:35 for his 11th goal.

The Rangers took 14 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game and finished with 20 for the period. Colorado managed only four shots in the period.

NOTES: Rangers D Marc Staal's wife, Lindsay, gave birth to a girl Tuesday morning.. Staal was back on the ice Tuesday night. ... Colorado played back-to-back games for the seventh time this season. The Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in overtime Monday. ... Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov began the night tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (28), and he was second in both saves (1,257) and shots faced (1,359). ... The Avalanche had at least one player earn a medal in all four Olympics in which NHL players participated. ... Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is one shutout away from the franchise record of 49 owned by Eddie Giacomin.