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 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.
Notes: 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.
|John Madden (1) ASST: Grant Marshall (1)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Marian Hossa (3) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (1), Patrik Stefan (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Sergei Brylin (4) ASST: Brian Gionta (4), Sean Brown (2)|
2 - 1 NJD
|John Madden (2) ASST: Erik Rasmussen (1), Viktor Kozlov (4)|
3 - 1 NJD
|Ronald Petrovicky (1) ASST: Marc Savard (7), Peter Bondra (4)|
3 - 2 NJD
|PPG - Marc Savard (4) ASST: Bobby Holik (1), Peter Bondra (5)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Ronald Petrovicky (2) ASST: Marc Savard (8)|
4 - 3 ATL
|Ronald Petrovicky Too many men/ice - bench|
|Marc Savard Interference on goalkeeper|
|Patrik Stefan Interference|
|Pascal Rheaume Hooking against Bobby Holik|
|Marian Hossa Holding against Daniel Mcgillis|
|Jaroslav Modry Hi-sticking against Brian Gionta|
|Patrik Stefan Tripping against Brian Rafalski|
|Scott Gomez Too many men/ice - bench|
|Vladimir Malakhov Boarding against Marc Savard|
|Richard Matvichuk Holding|
|Vladimir Malakhov Holding the stick against Marian Hossa|
|Scott Gomez Tripping against Vyacheslav Kozlov|
|Paul Martin Hooking|