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  • Feb

    Rangers Suffer Demoralizing Shoot Out Loss To Lowly Thrashers

    The topsy-turvy world of the New York Rangers continued into the month of February. Despite the excitement of retiring Adam Graves’ #9 jersey on Tuesday night, the Rangers couldn’t channel that energy into a win over the 2nd worst team in the Eastern Conference – the 39-point Atlanta Thrashers. After 2 scoreless periods, the Thrashers took a 1-0 lead on Joe Mtozko’s 1st goal of the NHL season. The Thrashers and Goalie Kari Lehtonen withstood a barrage of Rangers shots – 40 total shots on goal – until Markus Nasland’s 16th goal of the season tied the game with just 21 seconds left in regulation. Neither team scored in OT, so we were off to a shootout. Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist had been 7-1 in shootout contests during the season, but he allowed the 1st 2 Thrashers to score in the shootout. Lehtonen turned into the star of the night when he stopped shots by Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Sjostrom to lock down the improbable win for the Thrashers. Lehtonen saved 39 of 40 shots on goal during regulation, and then 2 of 3 during the shootout, to turn in his best performance of the season against one of the best team’s in the East.

    The Rangers, on the other hand, continued to play inconsistent hockey and did not convert on numerous scoring chances. The Rangers missed out on a chance to add 2 more points to their total and still trail the New Jersey Devils by 4 points in the Atlantic Division race and the Montreal Canadiens by 1 point for the race for the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference.

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