Friday, October 17, 2008
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ATLANTA - Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his 97th career shutout and Brian Rolston scored before getting hurt in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.
Rolston scored a power-play goal late in the second period, knocking in his own rebound after Kari Lehtonen made the initial save.
Midway through the third period, Rolston crashed heavily into the boards while turning up ice after the Thrashers broke up a New Jersey rush. He had to be helped off the ice by two teammates; the seriousness of the injury wasn't immediately known.
Brodeur, second on the career shutout list, moved closer to the late Terry Sawchuk, who had 103 shutouts in his Hall of Fame career. It was Brodeur's first shutout of the season.
Lehtonen also had a strong game in goal, making 34 saves, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Thrashers from their second straight loss after a 1-0-1 start for new coach John Anderson.
The game was scoreless when Garnet Exelby was called for his second penalty of the second period, sent to the box for roughing. The Devils took advantage.
Dainius Zubrus had the puck along the boards, then dumped a pass behind the net to Rolston. He popped out and got off a shot that Lehtonen knocked away, but Rolston swatted in the rebound for his first goal of the young season with 1:03 left in the period.