The New York Rangers headed into Atlanta's Phillips Arena hungry for a win after being blown out by the Habs in Montreal and shut out by the Flames on Monday at the Garden.
Tom Renney decided to give the nod to backup goalie Steve Valiquette after some subpar performances by the starter Henrik Lundqvist.
After a scoreless first, the Rangers started the second off early with a goal 2:37 into the period. Colton Orr, normally only known for being a great fighter, notched his first goal in 83 games, and the Rangers were out to a quick 1-0 lead.
But less than four minutes later, Tom Renney made a bad line change, and Joesph Crabb notched his first-ever NHL goal on the break as the Thrashers tied the game its 1-1 at 6:05.
The next goal would be scored in the third. When you normally hear the words "shorthanded goal" as a NYR fan, you're normally ticked off—but not tonight. Only 1:20 into the third, Ryan Callahan notches his seventh goal—and first in nine games—and the Blueshirts took a 2-1 lead.
But just like the second period, the Thrashers answered. The perennial All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk notched his tenth goal on the young season, and at 2:49 in the third this game was tied at two.
The game eventually went to OT, but it did not last long. Before OT started Rangers netminder Steve Valiquette apparently put on his "OT Jersey"—and hell, was it lucky!
Eighteen seconds into OT, Scotty Gomez picked up a fumbled puck by Thrashers goalie Johan Hedburg, and the NY Rangers ended their two-game skid.
The Rangers got a nice 3-2 win and two more points to get to 42 points on the season.
Personal MVP: Wade Redden, who tallied three assists and a plus-three.
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