Atlanta Thrashers defeat New York Rangers, 5-3

Barely half the Garden crowd had taken a seat by the time the Atlanta Thrashers had torched a sleepy Rangers defense for their first lead of Thursday night's game.

A late-arriving crowd for a late-arriving team.

And even though both the fans and the Rangers came on like wildfire during a frenetic and thrilling third period that was dominated by the home team, none of it was enough to erase the lapses of the first two.

The Rangers - returning home from their week-long...

Down two centers, and with no immediate plans to call up another one, the Rangers will soldier on without Brandon Dubinsky and Chris Drury beginning Thursday against Atlanta.

Already prepared to not have Dubinsky (broken hand) available for more than a month, coach John Tortorella acknowledged that Drury (concussion) didn't "have a great day" Wednesday.

The captain had shown signs of improvement earlier this week from the concussion he suffered Saturday in Calgary on...