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New York Rangers Continue Slump In Loss To Atlanta

Metro HockeyCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

Just when you thought the Rangers weren't shooting enough, they pepper Thrasher's goaltender Johan Hedberg with 48 shots and still find a way to lose. After a mediocre first period, that included Ales Kotalik being robbed point blank with a wide open net, the Rangers came out firing on all cylinders and tied the game at 1-1 with a Ryan Callahan powerplay goal in the second period.

The Rangers would then fall behind again in the third before tying it up a second time on another powerplay goal by Marian Gaborik, who now has a lead leading 23 goals in the 30 games he's played in. The Thrashers who had been out shot and outplayed badly all game had an opportunity to take the lead late in the game on a 5 on 3 for more than a minute, but Lundqvist stood on his head and the game went to overtime, and eventually a shootout, where the Rangers did not register a goal and lost. They did end up getting a very important point, which leaves them tied with the Islanders, but what will it take for this team to get a win?

Chris Higgins played well yet again but still remains snake bit. Ales Kotalik was brutal tonight, first missing the wide open net in the first and failing to register a shot on goal in his turn in the shootout. If the Rangers offense hadn't been lacking as bad as they are, one would think that Kotalik would be benched in the next game. The Rangers were all missing P.A Parenteau, who had won both Rangers shootout wins this season. He was sent down to Hartford yesterday, while Aaron Voros still remains on the team. Mind boggling.

Lundqvist did have a nice game tonight, which was a bounce back from Saturday's poor effort against Buffalo. He should have had the second goal which was a Colby Armstrong wrist shot that went right over the shoulder on his blocker side. It was the second time in as many games that the Rangers have allowed a shorthanded goal. The same goes for even strength goals, as the Blueshirts have failed to score one in two straight now.

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