NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Atlanta
(Thursday, January 7th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Bryan Little netted the decisive goal in the fifth round of the shootout, as the Atlanta Thrashers snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Philips Arena.
After New York's Marian Gaborik beat Thrashers netminder Johan Hedberg on the backhand in the third round to prolong the extra segment, Little snapped a shot past Rangers goaltender Chad Johnson to put the Thrashers on top. Atlanta prevailed when Michael Del Zotto's bid missed the net.
Jim Slater tied the game early in the third period for Atlanta, which hadn't found the win column since besting Dallas in overtime on December 17. Hedberg finished with 29 saves.
Enver Lisin scored in regulation for the Rangers, who have picked up a point in 10 of their last 11 games (7-1-3). Johnson, making his first NHL start, made 31 saves.
"I thought it was a hard fought point," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "You hate giving up the lead in the third period, but I still felt we had opportunities to win the game."
New York drew first blood at the 2:49 mark of the middle stanza. Rangers defenseman Marc Staal pushed the puck down the right wing and sent a pass to Lisin, who redirected the puck behind Hedberg.
The Thrashers tied the game when Slater took a feed from Pavel Kubina and slid a backhander through the pads of Johnson at 6:06 of the third.
"We did a lot of things well tonight," Hedberg said. "Chad Johnson played very good in his first (start). We deserve this win. We've been working for it for a long time."
Atlanta right winger Nik Antropov missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury...The Thrashers have won five straight against the Rangers -- four coming in a shootout...Both teams are in action on Saturday. The Thrashers host Washington and New York visits Boston.
01/07 22:39:44 ET