For the fourth consecutive game, the Rangers did not score in the first period and for the eighth time in nine games, they surrendered the first goal.
Evander Kane loosened the puck with a check in the right corner on Matt Gilroy and got the puck to Alex Burmistrov, who found Anthony Stewart heading for the net. Stewart went backhand to beat Henrik Lundqvist at 11:08. The Rangers did have their chances on Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped Mats Zucccarello with his right pad late and then Derek Stepan on a wraparound late in the period, which ended with 13 shots apiece. The period also concluded with the Rangers not having a lead for 234:24.
The Blueshirts buzzed for the first six minutes, but the Thrashers seemed to wake up after Eric Boulton pounded Brandon Prust after the two dropped the gloves at 6:07. The Rangers were 3-for-31 on the power play coming in, and their only man-advantage, with Andrew Ladd off for holding at 7:58 was short-circuited by Marc Staal's goaltender interference 24 seconds later.