Ryan Callahan drove to the net and buried a behind the cage dish from Artem Anisimov at 38 seconds. The Rangers controlled the play, leading 7-1 in shots on Chris Mason, then hit a lull as the Thrashers settled in. Dustin Byfuglein's wrister caught iron and at 11:28, Bryan Little skated through several Rangers, including Marc Staal and Sean Avery in the neutral and d-zone and beat Martin Biron with a backhander to tie the score. Steve Eminger hit a post at 12:45, but the Rangers were forced to scramble before the period ended with the Thrashers taking 11 of the the next 14 shots. Brandon Dubinsky was sent off for tripping at 17:39, creating the first Thrashers power play, then Michal Rozsival cleared the puck into the standing, putting the Blueshirts two men down for 51 seconds. But Callahan, Staal and Girardi turn back the 5-on-3 with Biron strong amid traffic in front.