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Rangers 6, Thrashers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 6, Thrashers 3
New York Rangers 6, Atlanta Thrashers 3

ATLANTA (AP) - Even when he's hurting, Jaromir Jagr is still dangerous with the puck on his stick.

Jagr scored his NHL-leading 21st goal to break a tie late in the second period and the New York Rangers went on to their fourth straight win, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 Thursday night.

Jagr injured himself in practice the previous day, straining a muscle near his right hip. He underwent treatment during the first period, then took the ice after the Thrashers had overcome a 3-1 deficit.

Swooping in off right wing, Jagr found plenty of room between the circles and snapped off a shot that eluded the blocker of Atlanta goalie Michael Garnett with 2:02 left in the period.

Blair Betts made it 5-3 with 11:51 remaining, slipping behind defenseman Niclas Havelid and deflecting a pass from Marcel Hossa past Garnett. Jed Ortmeyer added an open-net goal in the final minute to send the Thrashers to their third straight loss.

``I don't know how to explain this exactly, but when you play against Atlanta, it's not very hard hockey,'' Jagr said. ``It's a lot of skating. You've got to be very careful not to miss your chances, or they'll go the other way. They've got such talented scorers, they can make you pay.''

Thrashers coach Bob Hartley criticized his players for backing off Jagr, especially when they had one more player in their defensive zone than the Rangers.

``There's no way Jagr should get that kind of room in the slot,'' Hartley said. ``We actually had four guys back. It was a three-on-four, but we just didn't communicate and the puck ended up in our net.''

While Jagr expects to be OK with a day or two to recuperate, the Rangers aren't sure about goalie Kevin Weekes. His right ankle was bruised early in the third period when the net fell on him.

Weekes remained on the ice for several minutes before heading to the locker room, holding up his leg the entire way. Henrik Lundqvist took over in the nets and blanked Atlanta over the final 17:58, though the Thrashers made things fairly easy by mustering only six more shots.

Marian Hossa, brother of Marcel, put the Thrashers ahead just 6:38 into the game with his 10th goal, but the lead didn't stand up.

Jason Ward tied it before the period was over and the Rangers knocked out starting Atlanta goalie Steve Shields with two more goals early in the second, both off rebounds. Petr Prucha scored his fourth goal 59 seconds into the period, then Shields gave up a horrible goal to Michael Nylander.

Ward got a long shot on goal and Shields guided the rebound right in front of the net to Nylander, who knocked it into the open net at 2:11. Hartley had seen enough of Shields, replacing him with Garnett.

``We need some big saves,'' Hartley said. ``The teams that are doing well in the standings are getting the big saves. You need solid goaltending.''

Shields hasn't been the answer to Atlanta's injury plagued goaltending. Keri Lehtonen hasn't played since first period of the opener, and Mike Dunham also is sidelined.

Atlanta tied the game on goals by Marc Savard and Slava Kozlov, the latter with 3:21 left in the period. But Jagr scored just over a minute later to put the Rangers ahead for good.

Jagr came into the night tied with Philadelphia's Simon Gagne for the NHL's goal-scoring lead.

``The confidence is here,'' he said. ``You can feel it. We've beaten some good teams. The confidence is building.''

Notes: The Thrashers assigned goalie Jani Hurme to Chicago of the American Hockey League, where he will play for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Hurme struggled with post-surgery complications after a back operation and failed a physical before training camp. He was acquired from Carolina on Oct. 3, 2003, but has yet to play for the Thrashers. ... Marcel Hossa wears No. 81, the opposite of his older brother's No. 18.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:38
ATL
PPG - Marian Hossa (10) ASST: Scott Mellanby (4), Jaroslav Modry (5)
1 - 0 ATL
12:06
NYR
Jason Ward (3) ASST: Michael Nylander (17), Ville Nieminen (4)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:59
NYR
Petr Prucha (6) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (18), Jason Strudwick (3)
2 - 1 NYR
02:11
NYR
Michael Nylander (8) ASST: Jason Ward (6)
3 - 1 NYR
02:52
ATL
Marc Savard (7) ASST: Garnet Exelby (1), Michael Garnett (1)
3 - 2 NYR
16:39
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (5) ASST: Scott Mellanby (5), Ilya Kovalchuk (14)
3 - 3 Tie
17:58
NYR
Jaromir Jagr (21) ASST: Martin Straka (21), Petr Prucha (3)
4 - 3 NYR
3rd Period
08:09
NYR
Blair Betts (4) ASST: Marcel Hossa (6), Chad Wiseman (1)
5 - 3 NYR
19:17
NYR
EN - Jed Ortmeyer (3) ASST: Ville Nieminen (5), Michal Rozsival (6)
6 - 3 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:12
NYR
Maxim Kondratiev  Hooking against  Marc Savard
08:10
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking
12:38
NYR
Chad Wiseman  Hooking against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
16:17
ATL
Andy Sutton  Holding against  Chad Wiseman
2nd Period
06:46
ATL
Jean-Pierre Vigier  Tripping against  Petr Prucha
09:03
ATL
Serge Aubin  Holding against  Chad Wiseman
10:59
ATL
Jim Slater  Too many men/ice - bench
15:16
NYR
Chad Wiseman  Hooking against  Jim Slater
19:46
NYR
Ville Nieminen  Boarding against  Marc Savard
3rd Period
03:42
ATL
Peter Bondra  Roughing against  Tom Poti
09:23
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Holding against  Brad Larsen
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 6TOI: 17:40
Saves: 6EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Kevin Weekes
SA: 19TOI: 42:20
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .842SH: 1 - 1
Steve Shields
SA: 13TOI: 22:11
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
Michael Garnett
SA: 19TOI: 37:11
Saves: 17EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0