NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey
(Thursday, December 15th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Marc Savard scored the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist and Michael Garnett made 24 saves for Atlanta, which has won two straight and three of its last four contests. Jean- Pierre Vigier also tallied a goal for the Thrashers.
Scott Gomez and Alexander Mogilny both notched goals and Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots for the Devils, who have lost five of their last six games.
"It's been an ongoing thing for a while now," Brodeur said. "As of late, we haven't had too many games were we score three goals. So it's been a bit of a tough go for us."
While on the man advantage, Savard beat Brodeur stick-side with a slap shot from the slot that caromed off the post and in to give Atlanta the victory.
"I think it had eyes" Savard said "It was a bit of a muffin. He might have been peaking over the left side of the screen and I got him low blocker."
Earlier in overtime, the Thrashers' Marian Hossa was hauled down on a breakaway by Dan McGillis and awarded a penalty shot. But Brodeur stoned Hossa with the left pad and glove to keep the Devils alive.
New Jersey drew first blood with just under four minutes left in the first period after a shot from Brian Gionta in the slot hit Gomez at the side of the goal, caromed off of Garnett's helmet and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Atlanta drew even with 6:02 left in the second period after Vigier chopped a shot from the point past Brodeur to make it 1-1.
"He was great tonight," Savard said, referring to Brodeur. "We moved it around on the power play well, he made some big saves, he stops Hossa on a breakaway and then stops him on a penalty shot. He made some great saves on the power play, but we were able to sneak one by him."
The Thrashers took their first lead of the game less than five minutes into the third period after Kovalchuk ripped a shot from the slot through Brodeur's five-hole for the 2-1 lead.
The Devils netted the equalizer with 9:21 gone in the final frame. Mogilny got credit for a goal when he attempted a wrap-around shot from behind the net that caromed off the leg of an Atlanta defenseman, then off of Garnett's helmet and into the back of the net.
The Devils have played four straight games that have either ventured to overtime or a shootout...Brodeur has allowed more than three goals just three times in 20 career starts against the Thrashers...The Devils, who went 0-for-7 on the power play, are 2-for-60 with the man advantage in their last nine games...Atlanta has scored 15 times with the extra skater in its last nine games...Hossa played in his 500th NHL game.
12/15 23:01:52 ET