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J.T. Miller

Lundqvist makes 31 saves, Rangers blank Predators 3-0

Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers are well aware who is most responsible for their sensational start.

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and New York beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Monday night for its ninth straight victory at home.

"Look around the league and you see guys putting up huge offensive numbers, playing great hockey. It's no different (than) what (Lundqvist) is doing for our team," Stepan said. "We've played some good hockey (and) at times we had (Lundqvist) play some good hockey for us."

Stepan, Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who won for the 11th time in 12 games overall and...