Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice and the backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the host Rangers, 4-1, on Sunday night.
The Flames had lost in their last six visits to Madison Square Garden, but their speed and opportunistic play were too much for the Rangers. 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 minutes 21 seconds 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. The Flamesâ captain, Mark Giordano, assisted on the score, which was Gaudreauâs 300th career point.
The Rangers were coming off an overtime loss at Washington on Wednesday after winning in a shootout over Colorado the previous night. They have yet to win in regulation, scoring just 19 goals in their first eight games.
âWe have to find ways to score goals.â the Rangersâ new coach, David Quinn, said. âWeâve got to be more tenacious with our shooting mentality. Itâs frustrating.â
Rittich, an undrafted 26-year-old from the Czech Republic, made 12 saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 19 in the third.
âI felt great and I want to say thank you to my defense,â said Rittich, who won for the second time this season.
His only blemish was Zibanejadâs power-play goal at 6:41 of the third. Zibanejadâs third goal this season was assisted by Neal Pionk and Mats Zuccarello.
The Rangers had an excellent chance to narrow the deficit a little more than 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.
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 Rangers forwards Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider at Boston College when the Eagles won the national championship.
Gaudreau has points in seven of Calgaryâs eight games.
A 33-SHOT PERIOD The Tampa Bay Lightning peppered the host Chicago Blackhawks with 33 shots in a three-goal second period in a 6-3 victory. That is the most in a period since 1997-98, when shots by period became an official N.H.L. statistic.