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NEW YORK (AP) -- Rick Tabaracci and Adam Graves, friends since high school, had a reunion at Madison Square Garden.
Only Tabaracci was celebrating Wednesday night, as the Calgary Flames beat the New York Rangers 4-1 night for their second victory in two nights.
Calgary, which completed a four-game road trip, had won just once on the road before beating the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Flames are 3-10-5 away from the Saddledome.
Tabaracci made 30 saves, including eight on Graves, who scored New York's only goal with under a minute left.
"I went to high school with Gravy so I've watched him a lot," Tabaracci said. "He's usually in and out of the crease, but tonight he stayed down low."
Graves was one of the few bright spots for the Rangers, who allowed their opponents to score first at the Garden for the 16th time in 18 games.
Jonas Hoglund opened the scoring just 2:16 into the game with his fourth goal of the season. Theoren Fleury had the only goal of the second at 4:40.
"I think there was a little lack of respect out there," said Fleury, who added an empty-net goal for the final score, his 12th goal of the season. "They thought we were a team in trouble."
Graves set up in front of Tabaracci during a power play in the second period, but the Flames goalie stopped the Rangers forward on consecutive attempts with the game on the line.
"I have a lot of respect for him as a goaltender and as a person," Graves said. "He's a tremendous athlete. He showed his quickness tonight."
Calgary went ahead 3-0 on Chris Dingman's goal at 6:03 of the third, but the Rangers kept coming, forcing the Flames to take three penalties before the game ended. With only Tabaracci's 14th career shutout on the line, Graves finally connected at 19:06 during the final power play.
"You get a minute away and it would be nice," Tabaracci said, "but it's a minor thing compared to the two points."

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