If the final 10:23 on Thursday night at Atlanta's Philips Arena had been the game's opening stretch instead of its ending, the Rangers probably would have coasted to two points in the standings. Unfortunately, a three-goal outburst by Dan Girardi
, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez toward the end of the third period came too late to salvage victory in a 5-3 loss to the Thrashers.
Recap THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. T. WHITE -- ATL
2. P. DUPUIS -- ATL
3. J. HEDBERG -- ATLNOTES
* Defenseman Dan Girardi
scored his first NHL goal on a power play at 9:23 of the third period.
* Henrik Lundqvist
stopped 23 of 25 shots.
* Jaromir Jagr had two assists and continues to lead the Rangers in scoring with eight points in six games.
* Brendan Shanahan scored his first goal of the 2007-08 season on a power play. The goal was the 225th power play goal of his career. No active NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Shanahan.
* Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped eight shots before going out with nearly nine minutes left in the first period, having re-aggravated a groin injury.