By Jim Cerny

Ryan Callahan scored a pair of goals and Henrik Lundqvist turned in another solid performance between the pipes making 27 saves as the Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four straight games with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden

The Rangers had won three games in a row on five different occasions this season, but this is the first time they pushed a winning streak past three. They have now won seven of their last nine games, ten of their last 13, and are 15-5-1 in their last 21 contests dating to December 22.

In their current four-game winning streak the Rangers have totaled 18 goals, and 14 different players have notched at least one as Callahan and Anton Stralman joined that list on Tuesday night.

The Rangers jumped on a tired-looking Avalanche squad that had beaten the Devils in overtime Monday night and handed Colorado its first loss in five games. New York outshot Colorado by a whopping 20-4 margin in the first period with Callahan scoring twice to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. With three minutes remaining in the opening stanza the Rangers had limited the Avalanche to just two shots on goal in a dominating performance before giving up another two in the final few minutes.

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