ATLANTA (AP) -- 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
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
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 [the 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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Arena: Philips Arena Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Referees: Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Pare
Attendance: 16,510 (89.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
John Madden (1)
Assist: Grant Marshall
Marian Hossa (3)
Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Stefan
Sergei Brylin (4)
Assists: Brian Gionta, Sean Brown
John Madden (2)
Assists: Erik Rasmussen, Viktor Kozlov
Ronald Petrovicky (2)
Assists: Marc Savard, Peter Bondra
Marc Savard (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Bobby Holik, Peter Bondra