Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice and backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Sunday.

The Flames had lost on their last six visits to Madison Square Garden, but their speed and opportunistic play was superior to the Rangers on Sunday. Calgary scored three or more goals for the seventh straight game.

Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers.

Gaudreau opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark of the first period, backhanding the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. Sean Monahan picked up the assist.

Hathaway made it 2-0 at 12:21 of the second with his first goal this season. Gaudreau scored again at 14:55, extending the lead to 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season. Flames captain Mark Giordano assisted on the score, which was Gaudreau’s 300th career point.

New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) checks Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Rangers were coming off an overtime loss at Washington on Wednesday after winning in a shootout over Colorado the previous night. The Rangers have had trouble scoring goals under new coach David Quinn.

New York has yet to win in regulation. The Rangers have just 19 goals in their first eight games, including one shootout win and one in overtime.

Rittich, an undrafted 26-year-old goaltender from the Czech Republic, made 12 saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 19 in the third.

His only blemish was Zibanejad’s power-play goal at 6:41 of the third. Zibanejad’s third goal this season was assisted by Neal Pionk and Mats Zuccarello.

The Rangers had an excellent chance to narrow the deficit just over a minute later, but Rittich made successive saves on Jesper Fast and Zibanejad. Rittich denied Filip Chytil on a backhand from the slot with four minutes left.

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) watches a shot go wide of the net by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Hathaway completed the scoring with his second goal at 18:07 of the third.

The Rangers came into the contest with a 10-1-1 record against the Flames, starting with a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 22, 2010.

Gaudreau, who leads the Flames with 12 points, was a teammate of Ranger forwards Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider at Boston College when the Eagles won the national championship.

Gaudreau was a fourth-round pick by the Flames in the 2011 draft. He has points in seven of Calgary’s eight games thus far.

NOTES: The teams meet again on March 15 in Calgary. . Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic missed his seventh straight game because of a facial fracture. . Calgary scratched forwards Anthony Peluso and Austin Czarnik and defenseman Dalton Prout. . The Rangers scratched defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Fredrik Claesson and forward Ryan Spooner.

Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) battles for the puck with New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


Rangers: Host Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Flames: Visit Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.


Source: The Associated Press

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