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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at NY Rangers



(Thursday, October 16th)

Final Score: Atlanta 0, NY Rangers 0

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Dunham turned aside 30 shots and Pasi Nurminen made 29 saves, as the Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers skated to a 0-0 tie in New York's home-opener at Madison Square Garden.

Dunham stopped six shots in the first period, 14 in the second, seven in the third and three in overtime to give the Rangers their first point of the campaign (0-2-1).

Nurminen was just as solid in net for Atlanta, making 10 saves in the first period, three in the second, 10 in the third and six in the extra session. The Thrashers remained unbeaten on the season (2-0-2).

Atlanta failed to capitalize with a two-man advantage early in the third period. Vladimir Malakhov received a double-minor for high-sticking at 1:36 and Tom Poti was whistled for slashing four seconds later.

Ilya Kovalchuk had the best chance during the power play, but his shot from the left circle was stopped by Dunham, who squeezed the puck between his arm and pad.

New York then went on the power play, but Nurminen came up big on a shot from the slot by Jan Hlavac.

The Rangers then forced a turnover in the Atlanta end and Alex Kovalev found Chris Simon alone in front. However, Nurminen was able to get the glove hand on Simon's shot, keeping the game scoreless with just over six minutes left in the third.

The Thrashers were then given their ninth power play of the game with exactly two minutes remaining in the third period, as Malakhov was sent off for high- sticking. However, Atlanta was unable to get a quality shot.

Despite being outshot 10-6, Atlanta had the best opportunity in the first period, but Dunham stoned Marc Savard on a breakaway.

The Thrashers then controlled play in the second period, outshooting the Rangers 14-3. However, Dunham was up to the task and kept the contest scoreless after 40 minutes.

Game Notes

It marked the first scoreless tie in Thrashers' history, while New York was involved in its first 0-0 game since October 27, 1998 against Buffalo, also at home...The Rangers had not been shut out in a home-opener since Philadelphia blanked them 1-0 on October 9, 1998...New York was 0-for-4 with the man- advantage...The Rangers have not scored a goal in 157 minutes and 13 seconds...New York opened a season-long six-game homestand...The Thrashers improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games versus the Rangers.

10/16 21:59:44 ET


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