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Jagr leads Rangers to win over Atlanta

Blair Betts of the New York Rangers scores against Atlanta goalie Michael Garnett during the third period of Thursday's 6-3 victory.
Blair Betts of the New York Rangers scores against Atlanta goalie Michael Garnett during the third period of Thursday's 6-3 victory.
John Bazemore, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Jaromir Jagr broke a tie late in the second period with his NHL-leading 21st goal and the New York Rangers went on to their fourth straight win, beating the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 Thursday night.

After the Thrashers scored twice to overcome a 3-1 deficit, Jagr swooped in off the right wing and snapped a high shot from between the circles that eluded the blocker of Atlanta goalie Michael Garnett with 2:02 left in the second.

Blair Betts made it 5-3 with 11:51 remaining, and Jed Ortmeyer added an open-net goal in the final minute to send the Thrashers to their third straight loss. Jason Ward, Petr Prucha and Michael Nylander scored earlier for New York.

Marian Hossa, Marc Savard and Slava Kozlov scored for the Thrashers.

The Rangers' victory was marred by an injury to goalie Kevin Weekes, who went down awkwardly early in the third period.

PREDATORS 4, KINGS 3: At Nashville, Tenn., Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist, and Marek Zidlicky added three assists to lead Nashville.

The Predators, playing for the second straight night, took control quickly with two goals in the first period and two in the second, then gave up three Los Angeles goals in the third.

Scottie Upshall gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game with his first score of the season. Paul Kariya made it 2-0 about 3 1/2 minutes later. Sullivan and Adam Hall scored second-period goals to make it 4-0.

The Kings got on the board at 1:11 of the third period when Derek Armstrong skated in from the left side and fired a wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun to his glove side. Armstrong scored again at 17:27. Joe Corvo closed out the scoring with 51 seconds left.

CANUCKS 3, SHARKS 2: At Vancouver, British Columbia, Markus Naslund and Anson Carter scored 55 seconds apart in the third period, lifting the Vancouver Canucks.

Wade Brookbank also scored, and Bertuzzi had two assists to help the Canucks win for the fifth time in six games and improve to 10-1 at home.

Alex Auld made 20 saves to pick up his second straight win since Vancouver's No.1 goalie Dan Cloutier injured his knee Sunday in Anaheim.