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Rangers top WIld 4-1

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Dec 23, 2013 at 4:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello scored second-period goals, and backup Cam Talbot made 24 saves in the New York Rangers' much-needed 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Talbot allowed the first goal but was steady the rest of the way in relief of struggling No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who started the previous eight games after signing a long contract extension and allowed at least three goals in the last seven outings.

Benoit Pouliot tied it in the first period, Chris Kreider added a goal in the third, and Derick Brassard had two assists. Kreider made it 4-1 with 7:14 remaining.

New York improved to 2-4-2 on its team-record, nine-game homestand that concludes Monday against Toronto.

Jason Pominville had the lone goal for Minnesota.

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