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Rangers Dominate Hapless Thrashers
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - January 23, 2008

By Mark Owens

It�s not often that a starting goalie pitches a shutout but is not selected as one of the game�s three stars. That�s how dominant the Rangers were � and how awful the Thrashers were � Tuesday night. The Rangers outshot the Thrashers 39-14 on the night. Atlanta did not muster a shot on goal the first 17 minutes of the game, and had already fallen behind 2-0 by then. Shutouts don�t get much easier than that.

Turning Point
With his team already down 2-0, Thrashers� star Ilya Kovalchuk saw a target on Michal Rozsival � not once but twice � in the last minute of period one. First, he delivered an unpenalized, nasty elbow to Rozsival�s jaw while Rozy was occupied with another player and looking down at the puck. Seconds later, Kovalchuk rammed Roszival into the boards face-first, after Rozy got rid of the puck, resulting in a five-minute major boarding penalty and game misconduct. Game over.

The lifeless Thrashers stood no chance of coming back without the player who has scored or assisted on 47% of his team�s goals. Kovalchuk�s penalty warrants a suspension, but it�s hard to say what Colin Campbell will do if the Flyers� Randy Jones only got two games for a similar play that resulted in a possible career-ending concussion for 22-year old Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.

Marty Straka put the nails in the coffin with a shorthanded goal 8:36 into the second period, when two dozing Thrashers decided to change lines despite the fact that the puck was sliding up ice towards the Thrashers� goal. Straka deked Kari Lehtonen to the ice before lifting a nice backhand shot into the top of the net.

Offense
Jaromir Jagr led the offense with one goal and two assists, Fedor Tyutin had one of his finest two-way games of the season with three assists (a career high) and Scott Gomez quietly added two assists.

Sean Avery made the most of his promotion to the first line and scored the game�s first goal, converting a loose puck in the slot 12 minutes into the first period. Three minutes later, Kovalchuk lazily skated away from Tyutin who gained the blue line and dished to Jagr. The captain found Brandon Dubinsky alone in the right circle, and the 21-year old made no mistake, roofing a backhand shot over Lehtonen�s glove for a 2-0 lead.

Straka�s shorthanded goal in the second period made it 3-0 and Jagr closed out the scoring in the third period when Gomez passed from behind the net and Jagr flipped the puck home, again on a backhand shot.

The second line of Straka, Chris Drury and Petr Prucha collected 11 shots on goal, with Lehtonen stoning Drury on all six of his shots on goal. The Nigel Dawes-Dubinsky-Brendan Shanahan line showed some promise, with Shanahan firing five shots on net and Dawes showing some nice playmaking skills that easily could have netted him two assists. The HBO line added eight hits and did a good job coming to Rozsival�s aid after the Kovalchuk cheap shot. Kovalchuk barely ducked a charging Orr and Hollweg grappled Mark Recchi to the ice with authority.

Defense
The Rangers� defense had an easy time thwarting an impotent Thrashers offense. Marek Malik was solid in his return to the lineup and made some nice plays stopping Marian Hossa. Tyutin and Daniel Girardi were physical all night and finished +3.

Goaltending
Lundqvist easily turned aside all 14 Atlanta shots on goal. The only scare came late in the first period when an Atlanta shot clanged off the post and rolled through the crease just in front of the goal line. Lundqvist now has seven shutouts this season, tying him with the Blue Jackets� Pascal Leclaire for tops in the NHL. The shutout was the 14th of his career.

Special Teams
The Rangers successfully killed all four penalties against and did not have to face any 5-on-3 power plays, unlike so many recent games. The power play was 0-4.

Three Stars
1. Jaromir Jagr
2. Fedor Tyutin
3. Martin Straka

Fight Card
Colton Orr dropped the gloves with Eric Boulton but the bout came to a quick end without any real punches when Orr lost his footing and dropped to his knees as the linesmen interceded.

Standings
A Thrashers win last night could have catapulted them over the Rangers for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. With the win, the Rangers are now three points ahead of Atlanta and one point behind the eighth-place Boston Bruins, further magnifying the Rangers� disastrous performance against Boston this past weekend.

Milestones
Martin Straka picked up his first shorthanded goal as a Ranger, and Sean Avery registered his first game winner of the season. Fedor Tyutin set a career high with a three point night (all assists).

Lines
Avery-Gomez-Jagr
Straka-Drury-Prucha
Dawes-Dubinsky-Shanahan
Orr-Betts-Hollweg

Tyutin-Girardi
Malik-Rozsival
Staal-Strudwick

Lundqvist
Valiquette

Marcel Hossa and Paul Mara were healthy scratches.

Next Game: Brian Leetch Night
Thursday night�s rematch with Atlanta Thursday night will mark the Rangers first back-to-back home games against the same team since 1965. It is the last game before the All-Star break.


Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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