Thrashers Win Behind New Coach

Grab 1st victory of season against Rangers team that bounced them from playoffs
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2007 4:13 AM CDT
Atlanta Thrashers left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov (13), of Russia, celebrates his goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With new coach Don Waddell behind the bench, the desperate Thrashers were able to get their first win of the season. They ran the power play well, scored on a 5-3 advantage, and scored while shorthanded on the way to a 5-3 victory over the hated Rangers, who swept them out of the playoffs last year.

The only negative for the Thrashers was the loss of goalie Kari Lehtonen to a possibly serious groin injury. He'll get an MRI in the coming days. That aside, it was a rousing victory for a team on the rebound. "It's a new season for us; we're starting from scratch," said Pascal Dupuis.