NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey
(Tuesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Slava Kozlov scored the game-winner in the shootout to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Kozlov was the first shooter and he snapped a wrister that beat Martin Brodeur on the stick side. Zach Parise took the first shot for New Jersey, but Kari Lehtonen made a glove save on Parise's backhander.
Marian Hossa then came in on Brodeur and beat the goaltender under the glove and Lehtonen sealed the victory when he made a body save on Brian Gionta's shot.
Hossa scored two shorthanded goals and Jon Sim added a goal for the Thrashers, who stopped a season-high five-game losing streak.
"He's pretty much a complete player," said Lehtonen about Hossa. "He can play the power play and be very effective, the five-on-five and "pk" also. He had three goals tonight, that's a pretty good effort."
Lehtonen finished the game with 31 saves for Atlanta, which has a five-game winning streak versus New Jersey.
Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist and Brodeur finished with 28 saves for the Devils, who have lost four of their last five games.
"It was one of those games that for whatever reason we never felt comfortable," said New Jersey coach Claude Julien. "No doubt we let this one slip away."
The Thrashers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period while shorthanded when Hossa picked up a turnover in his own end, skated the length of the ice, deked out one defender at the left boards then another defender in the slot and flicked a backhander into the net at the 7:59 mark of the first period.
Lehtonen held New Jersey off the scoreboard in the first period and made seven saves.
New Jersey scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
On the power play, Parise snapped a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected to the right of the net where Sergei Brylin snapped it into the net at the 6:37 mark.
A slap shot from the high slot through a screen by John Oduya beat Lehtonen with 10:51 left in the period. It was Oduya's first goal in the NHL.
Atlanta tied the game late in the second period when Sim banged in a rebound off of a Ilya Kovalchuk point shot to make it a 2-2 game.
A series of penalties by Atlanta resulted in New Jersey skating a 5-on-3 power play and Scott Gomez sent a pass from the right side of the net to the left side where Langenbrunner banged it into the net for a 3-2 lead just 6:43 into the third.
Hossa, however, knotted the game when he skated the length of the ice and, while holding off Oduya, wristed a shot between the pads of Brodeur just 19 seconds after the Devils goal for another shorthanded tally.
Neither team was able to net the go-ahead goal throughout the remainder of the third and overtime.
New Jersey hits the road for a game in Washington on Friday...Atlanta hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday...New Jersey went 2-for-5 on the power play, but did let up two shorthanded goals...Atlanta finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play...Hossa leads the NHL with 24 goals.
12/20 00:05:57 ET