Kovalchuk has 35 goals, two more than Rick Nash of Columbus for
the NHL lead. Kovalchuk had a career-high 38 goals last season.
Pasi Nurminen made 28 saves Sunday as the Thrashers improved to
5-0-1-1 in their last seven meetings with the Rangers.
The Rangers went 0-for-7 on the power play and completed a
1-1-0-1 road trip. They play three of their next four games at
home, where they are 12-15-3-4.
Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch six points in his last six games
and 18 in his past 18 contests. Leetch scored his 13th goal
2:17 into the third period Sunday. It is his highest output
since 2000-01, when he had 21 goals.