Kovalchuk, Hedberg lead Thrashers

Ilya Kovalchuk scored once while adding two assists, and Johan Hedberg stopped 33 shots as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the New York Rangers 5-3 Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Atlanta won the game as +145 underdogs, while the eight goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (6).

Colby Armstrong, Rich Peverley, Evander Kane, and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for the Thrashers.

Artem Anisimov, Marian Gaborik, and Brian Boyle answered for the Rangers.