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NY Rangers 6, Atlanta 2

Nov. 18, 2001 at 10:12 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Eric Lindros capped an emotional week with his first hat trick in nearly two years Sunday night as the New York Rangers pulled away for their seventh in eight games, 6-2 over the reeling Atlanta Thrashers.

Lindros' week started Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, in which he scored a goal against his former team. After Saturday's 1-0 overtime loss at Pittsburgh, he bounced back with his first three-goal game since Dec. 9, 1999.

It was another big night for the Rangers' top line of Lindros, Theo Fleury and Mike York. The trio combined for three goals and eight assists and has 39 points in the last eight games. New York has picked up 15 of a possible 16 points during that stretch and sits atop the Atlantic Division at 13-7-1-1.

Lindros got a pass from York at the edge of the left faceoff circle, turned and blasted the puck past former Rangers goaltender Milan Hnilicka 5:37 into the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting New York ahead for good.

It was the 300th goal of Lindros' career.

Mike Richter stopped 38 shots for the Rangers, who have won four in a row at home.

Pascal Rheaume had a power-play goal and an assist for the Trashers, whose winless streak reached 10 games (0-9-1).

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