Rangers Winning Streak Snapped in 6-4 loss to Atlanta
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (4-3-1) could not complete a comeback in Wednesday night hockey in a 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers (4-4-1) in hockey action at Madison Square Garden.
Things started out well for New York as Ryan Callahan pounded in a wrist shot at the 0:36 mark of the first period to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. Atlanta responded with a goal of their won at the 11:28 mark as Bryan Little came up big with a sweet puck handling move at the 11:28 mark.
The Rangers completely fell apart during parts of the second and third period and gave the Thrashers not only the shooting advantage but the advantage on the scoreboard as Niclas Bergfors, Eric Boulton and Dustin Byfuglien all netted goals for the 5-2 lead.
Todd White responded for the Blueshirts with his first goal in a New York uniform at the 7:56 mark, as New York cut into the lead with an additional goal by Brian Boyle which made the score 5-4. As the final minutes of the game died down it just seemed as if everything the Rangers touched was too strong or too far away, as the team eventually skated away with a tough loss.
In the net for the Thrashers keeper Chris Mason he was able to lay down a good foundation for a win making 24 saves, while Martin Biron made 20 saves in a losing effort. Many fans were upset with Biron’s play during the game, but lack of defensive plays along with missed opportunities to cash in offensively could have turned the game around for the Rangers.
The team will have a chance to start a new winning streak with a vital home game at 7:00 p.m. against the Carolina Hurricanes.