CALGARY, Alberta -- The New York Rangers have been a perfect fit for the speedy Michael Grabner.Grabner and Derek Stepan scored in the first period, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots, and the high-scoring Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Saturday night.Grabners team-leading eighth goal 6:32 in the first period gave New York a 1-0 lead. It came on an innocent-looking 2-on-1 rush when his 40-foot wrister beat Brian Elliott on the glove side. In just 15 games, Grabner -- who signed with the Rangers in the offseason -- is just one goal shy of his total in 80 games with Toronto last year.Got off to a good start, got some confidence going and that makes life a little bit easier, the 29-year-old Austrian said. Its been working in my favor the systems here. A lot of guys that can skate here, were trying to keep the game fast and thats obviously my kind of style.Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich also scored for New York, which has won six of seven. The Rangers lead the NHL with 62 goals.Its impressive to see how we create chances every game, Lundqvist said. Sometimes its tough against different lineups, different systems, but weve been able to create a lot of scoring chances. Even the games we havent scored a lot weve had a lot of chances to do so.Asked if he thought the Rangers were the better team despite being outshot 36-28, New York coach Alain Vigneault said.: In the first two periods there was no doubt. We were able to create a couple turnovers, counter attack quickly, and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities.Micheal Ferland spoiled Lundqvists shutout bid with 8:48 remaining and Elliott finished with 24 saves for Calgary, which has lost four straight and six of seven.Flames coach Glen Gulutzan believes the game started to unravel as soon as his club fell behind on Grabners goal.Were fragile right now and to see that go in and spot them one right there when we thought we got off to a good start and had some energy in front of our home fans, its deflating, Gulutzan said. This is a really good club and we didnt play near the game that we needed to play and thats on us. Thats on us, thats on the coaching staff and myself.The Flames have been particularly poor at home, having lost five of their last six at the Scotiabank Saddledome.Stepans wrister doubled the Rangers lead with 8:01 left in the opening period.Vesey made it 3-0 at 9:26 of the second as he steered a pass from Ryan McDonagh through Elliotts pad. Buchnevich then finished off a lengthy passing sequence with 5:38 remaining in the period, scoring for the fourth straight game.The boos from the home crowd began and the Flames were also booed as they left the ice at the end of the game.Not a good game, Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. They came out, they had a team that we knew had a lot of speed and a lot of fire power up front. We werent hard enough, bottom line. They made us pay.Ferland got the Flames on the board in the third, ending their 0-for-28 drought on the power play at home.Game notes Elliott fell to 3-8-0, matching his loss total from last season -- when he was 23-8-6 with St. Louis. ... New York is 4-0-1 in its last five against Calgary and 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings. ... Flames D Dennis Wideman was back in the lineup after being scratched the last four games. .... Calgary rookie LW Matthew Tkachuk (wrist) skated this morning, prior to practice. Hes considered day-to-day... Flames C Matt Stajan was moved to left wing on the line with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik. ... Buchnevich, the Rangers 21-year-old Russian rookie, had 16 goals in the KHL last season. ... Kevin Hayes and Brad Skjei each had their six-game point streaks snapped for the Rangers.UP NEXTRangers: At Edmonton on Sunday in the second game of a four-game trip. The Rangers won 5-3 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3.Flames: At Minnesota on Tuesday night. 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Or, in other words, the two teams would appear to have at least spoken. And spoken is defined as one calling the other to inquire, no more, no less. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is a popular executive at the winter meetings as he continues to discuss his plans to rebuild the team by selling off its best parts -- including ace Chris Sale.But Hahn wont budge from his asking price, at least not publicly.When you have negotiations with other clubs about potential trade fits, you have to have that line you arent going to go below; otherwise youre compromising too much in terms of value, Hahn said Monday afternoon.In other words, whatever the White Sox were asking for back in July in exchange for their top players hasnt changed despite a sense of urgency to get the rebuild going. Names of players might be different but the overall talent haul theyre looking for is the same. Despite the desire to overhaul the roster quickly, Hahn isnt putting a timeline on any moves.I dont view that as necessary, he said. What were looking to do is put ourselves in the position for extended success. We do that by acquiring as much impact talent as we can over an extended period. ... Its not something thats necessarily going to happen overnight.Which means Sale might still be a member of the White Sox come Thursday when the meetings end. And perhaps he plays the first half for the team before they revisit a trade.Several teams that have interest in Sale were surveyed by ESPNs Jayson Stark, and the consensus was theyd be surprised if a Sale deal gets done at these meetings.Hahn stressed not one player has to be the domino to enact their plan.ddddddddddddou dont want to be caught in between, but were not [going] to force seven things to get done, or else its not worth doing one, Hahn said. Its a process.That process will go on for a while as the Sox continue to evaluate the return they might receive. Hahn said the front office was energized by the strategy, though it may be painful trading good players such as a dominant lefty starter. And he refuted reports that claimed the Sox may have doubts about Sales long-term health.Youve seen what this guy has done over the years, Hahn said to reporters. We realize this is an elite-level talent. A rare commodity in this league.So the meetings will continue until the Sox like what they hear or until they lower their asking price. Neither seemed imminent, but that can change at any moment.These players fit on all 30 teams, Hahn said. Weve had a number of conversations on a number of different fronts. All you have to do is type White Sox into Twitter and you can see all sorts of interesting ideas being floated about, some of which are more accurate than others. Were approaching this with a wide-open frame of mind.You want to do a deal everyone benefits from. I dont think there is any added benefit feeling like we did really well and the other club comes out looking bad. ' ' '
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