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New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 0 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 0 FINAL
New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 0

ATLANTA (AP) _ Mike Dunham can't explain why both his shutouts this season have come against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jaromir Jagr scored late in the first period and Dunham had 25 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Atlanta for the first time in more than two years, 2-0 Tuesday night.

``I had no idea,'' said Dunham. ``It was just luck, I guess. They have some guys who can score goals. I guess it's timing, more than anything else.''

New York's Bobby Holik scored an empty-netter with nine seconds left, his 20th goal of the season.

The Rangers, winning for only the second time in six games, ended their winless streak against Atlanta at seven games (6-0-1). They defeated the Thrashers for the first time since Feb. 8, 2002.

Atlanta was 4-0 last season and 2-0-1 this season against the Rangers before Tuesday night.

Jagr deflected a shot from Boris Mironov past Atlanta goalie Pasi Nurminen with only 33 seconds left in the first period. It was Jagr's 28th goal.

The goal was originally given to Dan LaCouture, who was in a pack of players in front of the goal. Jagr was there, too, but he said he didn't knock it in.

``I didn't touch the puck. Somebody touched it, but not me,'' he said.

Atlanta's best scoring opportunity came midway in the second period when Jean-Pierre Vigier was stopped by Dunham on four straight shots from in close.

``I had a good chance, but I didn't bury it,'' Vigier said. ``My best opportunity was on the first one, but I hurried it. I should have taken more time and gone upstairs.''

Durham finished with 25 saves, 12 in the second period. Nurminen stopped 23 shots.

Dunham, who has 18 career shutouts, blanked the Thrashers on Oct. 16 in an 0-0 overtime tie for his only other shutout this season.

Fans, frustrated by the Thrashers' lack of offense, began booing five minutes into the final period when Atlanta failed to get off a shot during a power play.

The Thrashers were 0-5 with the man advantage.

``I'm not taking anything away from Dunham, but I believe we gave him an easy night,'' Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said. ``We basically didn't generate anything.''

scoring summary
1st Period
19:27
NYR
Dan Lacouture (5) ASST: Boris Mironov (11)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:51
NYR
EN - Bobby Holik (20) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (40)
2 - 0 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:01
NYR
Mike Green  Hi-sticking
13:00
NYR
Garth Murray  Holding
17:06
ATL
Shawn Heins  Holding against  Jed Ortmeyer
2nd Period
14:42
ATL
Francis Lessard  Fighting (maj) against  Dale Purinton
14:42
NYR
Dale Purinton  Fighting (maj) against  Francis Lessard
17:23
ATL
Tomas Kloucek  Hooking - Obstruction against  Jaromir Jagr
18:23
NYR
Tom Poti  Hooking - Obstruction
19:38
NYR
Mark Messier  Hooking against  Ilya Kovalchuk
3rd Period
04:01
NYR
Jamie Lundmark  Hooking - Obstruction against  Randy Robitaille
13:11
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Roughing against  Tom Poti
goalie stats
Mike Dunham
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Pasi Nurminen
SA: 24TOI: 59:03
Saves: 23EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .958SH: 12 - 12