2006_03_sholik.jpgIt looks like we have reached the crisis point of the Rangers’ season. Sunday they dropped their fifth game in a row, falling 3-2 in overtime to Atlanta. The loss was especially tough to take because of how well New York played in the first two periods of the game.

At the end of the second period the Rangers had a 2-0 lead and had out shot Atlanta 27-13. Petr Prucha looked good coming back from his knee injury getting an assist on a goal by Jaromir Jagr. Sandis Ozolinsh also got his first point as a Ranger. But then things fell apart. New York committed bad penalty after bad penalty and Atlanta capitalized on a 5 on 3 advantage to tie the game at 2.

Martin Straka was called for a holding the stick penalty in overtime and Atlanta made New York pay when Marc Savard netted the game winner. Despite the loss, the Rangers still hold onto first place by two points. They face Carolina, the best team in the Eastern Conference Tuesday night.

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