NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, November 28th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game with 2:05 left in overtime to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Holik got the puck, skated into the zone and sent a shot that made it on net after hitting off Aaron Ward. Henrik Lundqvist made the save, but Ward failed to slow down Holik, who picked up the rebound and put it past a stretched-out Lundqvist to win the game.
"I really didn't have much room to create anything," said Holik. "I just put it on the net and tried to go for the rebound and it actually worked out better than I thought it would."
Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for the Thrashers, who have won two straight and three of four.
Adam Hall had two goals and Martin Straka added a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have dropped two straight after winning their previous three games. Lundqvist stopped 25-of-30 shots in the loss.
"We obviously have to do better on a consistent basis," said Hall.
New York almost grabbed a 1-0 lead with a little over six minutes to play in the first when Straka found himself down low on the left side all alone, but Lehtonen made a blocker save on the shot.
Atlanta appeared to have a sure goal when Glen Metropolit fired a one-timer from the low left side into what seemed like an open-net, but Lundqvist stretched his right pad out and kept the puck out of the net.
The Rangers finally got on the scoreboard with time winding down in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
On the power play, Hall had the puck at the outside circle and skated down to the low left side of the net, where he flicked a shot on net that Lehtonen made a save on. The puck, though, trickled under the goaltenders right arm and into the net with just 37 seconds left in the first.
Atlanta got on the scoreboard in the second when J.P. Vigier fired a pass from low along the left boards to the Brad Larsen, who banged it in from outside the crease just 2:17 in.
However, the Rangers tallied the next two markers to assume a 3-1 lead.
Karel Rachunek sent a shot from the left point that Hall deflected into the net from the right side for his second power play tally of the game at the 7:14 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Straka accepted a feed along the right boards, skated into the zone and cut across to the left side of the goal where he slid the puck past the outstretched right pad of Lehtonen for his 14th goal of the season.
However, Atlanta scored three unanswered goals to grab a 4-3 advantage.
Atlanta made it a 3-2 game when Hossa skated into the zone, made a move to get by Sandis Ozolinsh and fired a backhander from the slot that slid between the pads of Lundqvist with 1:47 left in the second.
A little over seven minutes into the third, Ilya Kovalchuk fired a pass from the low right side to front of net, where he found Jim Slater, who redirected it into the net for his first goal of the season.
A bit over two minutes later, Holik came charging into the zone and from the top of the right circle slapped a shot that went under the glove of Lundqvist for a 4-3 lead.
Shortly after a 5-on-3 expired, the Rangers tied the game when Michael Nylander fired a pass to Straka down low on the right side of the net and Straka gave it right back to Nylander, who fired a one-timer between the pads of Lehtonen with 2:30 to play.
"We did a pretty good job in the 5-on-3," said Hossa. "They scored right after it expired. Against that lineup it's tough to kill penalties. They have so many good players."
The Rangers will visit Buffalo on Friday...Atlanta hosts Toronto on Thursday...Hall had not scored a goal since October 12...Holik also had an assist in the game and has 35 points on the season...New York's Jaromir Jagr had a four-game point streak snapped...Straka has four goals in his last three games...Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton is out indefinitely after cracking a bone in his ankle during practice on Monday.
11/28 22:43:41 ET