Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik gave New York
the lead with goals 41 seconds apart in the first period and the
Rangers beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night for the Thrashers' fifth
Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to help the Rangers end a
four-game losing streak.
Prospal had two goals and an assist, Gaborik had a goal and two assists, and Michael Del Zotto and Ryan Callahan - into an empty net - also scored for New York in the critical game for each team's fading playoff hopes.
larke MacArthur and Ron Hainsey scored for Atlanta.
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