ATLANTA----Michael DelZotto and Evgeny Grachev are the latest reinforcements for the banged-up Blueshirts.
They will join the team tomorrow and practice on Monday in case they are needed agianst the Capitals Monday night.
Del Zotto, the defenseman who made the All-Rookie team last season, was sent down to the AHL to work on his overall game after going 2-7-9 in 35 games this season. In eight games with the Connecticut Whale, the 21 year old had seven assists.
Grachev, 20, has been coming on. The 6-foot-4 Russian forward, still considered one of the team's top prospects, had a hat trick last night against Springfield, and a two-goal game last week. He now has 12 goals in 40 games and reports are that he has been far more engaged, which had been the flaw in his game. He was pointless in six NHL games in late October and early November.
The Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello trio combined for 12 of the 31 shots. "That’s been a good line," said coach John Tortorella. "I look at Wooly, I see his second effort, I see his puck battles. Step gets nailed by (Nik) Antropov, he stepped right up, stood right in there, didn’t miss a shift." Stepan assisted on Wolski's goal early in the second period. Marian Gaborik, on the other hand, had two shots in 20:24 and was pointless for the second consecutive game.
C Kris Newbury received his first assist as a Ranger on Brian Boyle's third period goal that tied the score....Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves; Ondrej Pavelec had 29...Marc Staal's left shoulder was wrapped after the game, but both he and Tortorella said he would play Monday….Dustin Byfuglien had a game-high seven shots for the Thrashers, but has not recorded a point in eight games.