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NHL: Atlanta’s Lehtonen makes 39 saves


Chris Drury, second left, of the New York Rangers has his shot blocked by goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers during their game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday.


Kari Lehtonen made 39 saves and then stopped two more shots in the shootout to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

The Thrashers were primed to win 1-0 on Joe Motzko’s third-period goal before Markus Naslund got the Rangers even with only 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

Naslund then started the shootout with a goal, but Lehtonen turned aside Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Sjostrom. Bryan Little and Slava Kozlov scored on Atlanta’s attempts to help the Thrashers snap a four-game losing streak. New York has lost three straight (0-2-1).

Just seconds after Thrashers leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk hit the outside of the right post while shooting at an empty net, Naslund made Atlanta pay and re-­electrified Madison Square Garden on the night the Rangers sent Adam Graves’ No. 9 to the rafters.


At Ottawa, Michal Handzus scored in the third period as Los Angeles ruined Cory Clouston’s first game as Ottawa’s coach.

Jonathan Quick made 29 saves to record his third shutout of the season and improve to 4-1-0 in his last five starts. It was the first time he had faced the Senators.

Handzus picked up the puck behind the Senators net and jammed it in from the side at 17:21. Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson picked up assists on Handzus’ ninth goal of the season.

Clouston took over after Craig Hartsburg was fired on Sunday night.

Brian Elliot stopped 25 shots for Ottawa, coming very close to his first career shutout.


At Newark, New Jersey, Michael Nylander scored twice as Washington snapped New Jersey’s season-high eight-game winning streak.

Defenseman Mike Green scored for the fourth straight game, Alex Ovechkin added two assists and the Capitals converted three of four power plays in winning their third straight game.

Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr also scored in handing the Devils their first loss since Jan. 11.


At Montreal, Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre scored second-­period goals and Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 4:15 left to seal Montreal’s victory.

Roman Hamrlik scored in the first period and assisted on ­Lapierre’s goal 15:07 into the second, the third straight goal by Montreal.

In Tuesday’s other games it was:

• Islanders 3, Lightning 1

• Blues 4, Blue Jackets 2

• Stars 3, Flames 1

• Blackhawks 3, Oilers 1

• Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT

• Predators 2, Coyotes 1

• Canucks 4, Hurricanes 3

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