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NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey



(Friday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Atlanta 1, New Jersey 0

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Michael Garnett made 29 saves and recorded his first career shutout as the Atlanta Thrashers edged the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, at Continental Airlines Arena.

"This is another dream come true," said Garnett. "To (the shutout) come against the Devils and Marty Brodeur makes it extra special. Growing up in Canada, I remember cheering for him."

Marian Hossa netted the lone goal for the Thrashers, who have four wins in their last five games.

Martin Brodeur finished with 22 saves for the Devils, who have lost four of their last five games and are 1-2 since head coach Larry Robinson stepped down and general manager Lou Lamoriello took over.

New Jersey's downfall once again was its inefficiency on the power play, as the Devils failed to score a goal on eight opportunities. The Devils now have only four tallies in their last 96 chances.

Midway through the second stanza, Atlanta went up 1-0 with a power-play goal. In the low slot, Hossa deflected Niclas Havelid's blast from the right point just inside the right post.

It was all Garnett the rest of the way as he kept the Devils off the board with key saves in the final frame.

With 6:47 left in the third, New Jersey had a great opportunity to tie the score with the man advantage, however, the Devils were unable to register a shot on goal.

Right after the power play expired, the Devils best chance of the period came with Brian Gionta getting loose down low and firing a wrist shot in tight that Garnett stacked the pads on to make the save.

"We've just got to keep plugging away," said Gionta. "We're trying to be too fancy at times, passing up some shots that we should be taking."

With 3:22 left in regulation, Garnett robbed John Madden from the slot with a glove save and the Devils never had another quality scoring chance.

Neither club managed to light the lamp in the opening period, but New Jersey carried the play, firing 14 shots at Garnett.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk was suspended by the NHL for throwing his stick into the stands early in the third period of Thursday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Capitals...Atlanta is 3-0 against Jersey this season, and has won four of the last five meetings...Atlanta forward Marc Savard's seven- game point streak came to a halt...The Devils have lost eight of their last 10 games.

12/24 01:58:50 ET


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