Rangers 4 - Thrashers 5 (Shootout)
The Rangers had a 4-2 lead going into the third period and midway through the final period the lead was gone. It wasn't Valiquette's fault that is for sure. When all is said and done, the Rangers were lucky to even have gotten out of the game with a point. Ilya Kovalchuk was kept quiet for the first 39 minutes of the game but he scored late in the second to close the gap to only two goals going into the third. Then, in the third period it seemed like Kovalchuk never left the ice and he made a great pass to Todd White to tie the game at four.
Valiquette was also solid in the shootout, not allowing a goal on the first five shots that he faced. Unfortunately not one of the Rangers could score on any of their six shots.
In a game when after 40 minutes it looked like two points were in the bag, the Rangers found a way to blow it. It could be worse, they could've lost in regulation. But, that's little consolation after playing pathetic in the third period to blow the lead --- to a non-playoff team!
Captain Invisible (Drury) can't be blamed for this loss. He had a great second period (1 goal, 2 assists) - when did the Rangers pick up Chris Drury? One thing is for sure, he wasn't invisible tonight, he even had a goal waived off in the first period when he batted the puck in from above the crossbar. He did however have a chance to win the game in the shootout and was stopped by Hedberg on the Rangers third shot.
Marc Staal and Dan Girardi were on the ice for all 4 Thrasher goals! One that the two of them will want to forget.
Congratulations to Nik Antropov who picked up his 300th NHL point when he notched his 26th goal of the season on the power play in the second period. Also, congratulations to Steve Valiquette who got his first NHL point tonight when he made a great outlet pass to Chris Drury, who skated in and blasted a shot past Johan Hedberg on the power play to make it 3-1.