NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey|
(Friday, October 16th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Rich Peverley scored a pair of goals, including
the eventual game-winning score early in the third period, as the Atlanta
Thrashers took down the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, at Prudential Center.
Evander Kane and Chris Thorburn each had a goal for the Thrashers, who have
won three of their first four games to begin the season. Ondrej Pavelec turned
aside 28-of-30 shots for the victors.
"He's (Brodeur) probably one of the best there is or ever was. Anytime you can
score against him it's fun," Peverley said.
Travis Zajac and Zach Parise lit the lamp for the Devils, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Bryce Salvador had a pair of assists, while Martin
Brodeur stopped 15-of-19 shots in defeat.
"I think it's just a coincidence right now," Parise said. "I don't think we're
preparing any differently; I don't think it's anything different that we're
doing. It's three games that we haven't played well at home. We've played
three good games on the road, and all of a sudden we're 3-3. We have to play
Kane's goal at the 1:36 mark of the third stanza put the Thrashers ahead 2-1.
Kane charged past a defender along the left boards and found himself with a
clear path to Brodeur. Kane then fired a wrister into the upper right-hand
corner of the net.
The Thrashers used a power-play goal from Peverley at the 5:55 mark to build a
two-goal margin. Peverley controlled the puck at left circle before sliding a
pass to Nik Antropov, who was positioned in front of the net with his back to
Brodeur. Antropov quickly passed back to Peverley, who fired a shot between
the post and the right pad of Brodeur.
New Jersey lit the lamp with 6:50 remaining to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Jamie Langenbrunner controlled a bouncing puck in front of the net before
dishing off to Parise, who chipped the disc into the back of the net.
Thorburn's short-handed goal with 3:11 left sealed the victory for the
After a scoreless first period, the Devils drew first blood at the 8:07 mark
of the second. Langenbrunner, who was positioned along the right boards at
center ice, slid a pass to an open Zajac, who collected the disc at the blue
line before firing a wrister past Pavelec.
A too many men on the ice penalty put Atlanta on the power play late in the
second period. Maxim Afinogenov's shot from the left circle went off the right
pad of Brodeur, setting up a rebound. Peverley collected the disc in front and
slammed it home with 5:03 left to tie the contest.
New Jersey won three of four meetings against the Thrashers last season and
has taken six of nine overall in the series. Atlanta has picked up three
victories in its last four trips to the Garden State...New Jersey is 0-3-0 at
home this season...The Devils host Carolina on Saturday, while the Thrashers
travel to Buffalo.
10/17 00:49:12 ET