DENVER - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach John Tortorella (R) and assistant coach Mike Sullivan (L) of the New York Rangers lead the team against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on November 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Avalnche defeated the Rangers 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Both Coaches Steam After Lightning Beat Rangers

A busy Sunday in the NHL was highlighted by a big comeback by the Atlanta Thrashers in Toronto and two frustrated coaches in New York.

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Lightning Vs. Rangers: John Tortorella, Guy Boucher Both Unhappy After Tampa Win

It's not often that a game ends with two unhappy coaches. That's exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, as the Tampa Bay Lightning squeaked by the New York Rangers by a score of 2-1. 

Lightning coach Guy Boucher called it "the ugliest win of the year" and the "ugliest game of the year." Really, the whole quote is worth it. Via

"It's the ugliest win of the year," Boucher said, before taking it a step further. "It's the ugliest game of the year. Period. We got shellacked a few times, but even in those games, we could make a pass and do something."  

On the Rangers side of things, John Tortorella was even more furious. And we have video!

It was Bryan McCabe's first game in Ranger Blue, but despite a hope that he was kick start the power play, the Rangers failed to capitalize. As Tortorella mentioned, the lack of a power play threat was one of the reasons they failed to win on Sunday.

The loss drags the Rangers within five points of the ninth position in the playoff race, but Buffalo, who holds that position currently, has a whopping four games in hand over New York. Things are less than comfortable, to say the least, for the Blueshirts.

Meanwhile, the Lightning are definitely comfortable in the playoff picture, but it appears that their coach isn't necessarily all that comfortable with their play. 


Maple Leafs Vs. Thrashers: Atlanta Comeback Makes Eastern Playoff Race Tighter

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still in the hunt for the postseason, but let's call Sunday's game against the Atlanta Thrashers just a minor set back.

After jumping out to a two-goal lead on the heels of Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel and holding that lead for most of the game, a quick strike from Andrew Ladd got the Atlanta Thrashers on the board in the third period.

The Thrashers kept up the intensity throughout the third period, and it ultimately paid off with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Tim Stapleton, who earlier last week had been a victim of waivers, scored a game-tying goal -- his first tally of the season. 

Then, 150 seconds into overtime, Ron Hainsey completed the comeback, ending a five-game skid for the Thrashers, who now, more importantly, sit tied with the Leafs in the Eastern playoff picture (although the Leafs do hold the tiebreaker). They are both just five points behind eighth-place Carolina and are very much in the hunt for the postseason. 


Blues Vs. Flames: David Moss Scores Lone Goal As Calgary Wins Again

The northward ascent continues for the Calgary Flames. They were 14th in the conference on New Year's Day, and now with their win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night, they sit just three points out of fourth place in the West. 

It's really absolutely incredible. Brad Bishop tried to stop them in this one, making 19 saves on 20 shots, but after David Moss picked up a loose puck following a sloppy turnover by Tyler Strachan, he lifted a shot over Bishop. That was all the Flames needed for yet another win.

Meanwhile, after the game, St. Louis shipped Brad Boyes to Buffalo. That says all you need to know. 

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Predators 3, Blue Jackets 2: Columbus lost their 16th straight game in Nashville, and basically, they can blame NHL replay.

Devils 2, Panthers 1: Well, nobody said they'd go down without a fight. Back-to-back losses may have killed New Jersey's slim playoff hopes, but they didn't have to worry about that on Sunday as they topped the Panthers to move within nine points of the final playoff spot.

Blackhawks 4, Coyotes 3: It basically is the playoffs already for those in Chicago, but despite an impressive run of late that's seen the Blackhawks earn points in eight of nine games, the results in the standings don't seem to be coming. Still on the outside looking in, the Blackhawks sit in ninth place, just two points away from fifth place Los Angeles. 

Bruins 3, Oilers 2: Taylor Hall was 8-years-old the last time his Oilers beat the Bruins. Tyler Seguin was eight, too.

Ducks 3, Avalanche 2: Dan Ellis started his second game as a Duck and made 22 saves as Anaheim kept pace in the Western playoff race. 

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