Atlanta Thrashers defeat New York Rangers, 3-2

The next time Brandon Dubinsky sees a defenseman winding up to step into a slap shot, the Rangers' 23-year-old centerman says he'll go right down to get in its way, same as before.

"It's part of the game," Dubinsky said, "and it's part of my job.

"Obviously when you get an injury like that you might get a little tentative, it's human nature. You don't want to put your body at risk again," Dubinsky said. "I won't say I won't be a little bit nervous the first time."


For 65 minutes Monday night the Rangers shot and shot and shot some more at Johan Hedberg's net. The way this season is going for them, it was almost painfully fitting that when Ales Kotalik had a chance to keep them alive in the shootout, he never got a shot away.

The Rangers were the better team on this night, as deserving of the two points as they were frustrated to settle for the one. On the other hand, locked in a tie game and knowing that a third goal likely would...