New Jersey at Atlanta

Thrashers beat Devils to end four-game losing streak

CBS wire reports

ATLANTA -- Ronald Petrovicky picked the right time to end his season-opening scoreless drought.

Marc Savard and Petrovicky scored 40 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying Atlanta to a 4-3 win Saturday night over the New Jersey Devils and ending the Thrashers' four-game losing streak.

Atlanta, outscored 22-2 during its skid, trailed 3-1 after New Jersey's John Madden got his second goal of the game 7:30 into the final period.

Petrovicky got his first of the season only 27 seconds later to get Atlanta (3-5-0) within one. Savard, who also had two assists, tied it on the power play with 7:34 left, and Petrovicky got his second with 6:54 left.

"Two goals tonight, two goals for a season, not exactly a big-time goal scorer, but that's a start," Petrovicky said. "I'll take them. And, it's a part of a big win, so that makes it even more special," he said.

It also gave Atlanta rookie goaltender Adam Berkhoel his first win in his second start.

"I thought we'd never score another goal, but we worked hard, we stuck together," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "What a great performance. Even though we got down 3-1, I think that's quite a testament to the guys."

Martin Brodeur, trying for his 408th career win after tying Glenn Hall for No. 6 on the all-time list Thursday night, stopped 31 shots for the Devils (4-4-0).

"You knew eventually they (Thrashers) were going to come out of their shell, with the skill they have," Brodeur said. "Give credit to that little goalie (Berkhoel), he kept them in the game. It could have been worse. He made some good saves in the second."

Madden gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season 6:52 into the game.

Atlanta tied it on Marian Hossa's third goal, a deflection off a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk at 1:10 of the second period.

Sergei Brylin's fourth goal of the season 1:54 into the final period gave the Devils a 2-1 lead.

The Thrashers have been struggling with top goalies Kari Lehtonen and Mike Dunham both out with groin injuries, forcing the team to go with a pair of rookies -- Michael Garnett and Berkhoel.

Berkhoel played sensationally in the first two periods, stopping 22 of 23 shots and finished with 31 saves.

"It was awesome for the team. It was special to get that first win," he said.

The 24-year-old was perfect on six power play attempts by New Jersey in the first two periods, including twice when the Devils had a two-man advantage for about 1 minute each time.


  • Kovalchuk was presented the Rocket Richard Trophy for tying for the most goals in the league in 2003-04. Former NHL scoring champion and Atlanta Flames coach Bernie 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion made the presentation.
  • Thrashers C Bobby Holik spent 10 seasons with New Jersey, helping the club capture the Stanley Cup in 1995 and 2000.
  • Devils C Pascal Rheaume spent two seasons with Atlanta from 2001-03 and holds the Thrashers record of four goals in one game. He did that against Florida on Jan. 19, 2002.
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Ronald Petrovicky reacts to his winning goal, with teammate Peter Bondra chasing him. (AP)
Ronald Petrovicky reacts to his winning goal, with teammate Peter Bondra chasing him. (AP)
New Jersey (4-4-0)1023
Atlanta  (3-5-0) «0134
Three Stars
R. Petrovicky

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Savard

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Holik

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
06:52John Madden, Slap Shot - Assist: Grant Marshall
01:10Marian Hossa (3), Slap Shot - Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Stefan
01:54Sergei Brylin (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Brian Gionta and Sean Brown
07:30John Madden, Wrap Shot - Assists: Erik Rasmussen and Viktor Kozlov
07:57Ronald Petrovicky, Wrist Shot - Assists: Marc Savard and Peter Bondra
12:26Power Play - Marc Savard (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Bobby Holik and Peter Bondra
13:06Ronald Petrovicky, Slap Shot - Assist: Marc Savard
Penalty Summary
03:06Petrovicky: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
04:12Savard: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
12:49Stefan: Interference - 2 min.
16:35Rheaume: Hooking - 2 min.
06:33Hossa: Holding - 2 min.
07:22Modry: High sticking - 2 min.
13:47Stefan: Tripping - 2 min.
16:03Gomez: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
17:47Malakhov: Boarding - 2 min.
19:08Matvichuk: Holding - 2 min.
03:19Malakhov: Holding the stick - 2 min.
10:14Gomez: Tripping - 2 min.
11:25Martin: Hooking - 2 min.
New Jersey121112 35
Atlanta1297 28
Attendance - 16510
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh
Line Judges - Andy McElman, Mark Pare
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