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
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
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
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