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Devils rally for 5-4 win after Brodeur pulled

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

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Devils rally for 5-4 win after Brodeur pulled
New Jersey Devils 5, Atlanta Thrashers 4

ATLANTA -- On a night when they needed only 20 minutes to knock out Martin Brodeur, the Atlanta Thrashers still couldn't beat the New Jersey Devils.

Coach Jacques Lemaire pulled Brodeur after the winningest goaltender in NHL history allowed three goals on six shots in the first period. With Yann Danis in goal, the Devils rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four unanswered goals, then held on for a 5-4 victory on Saturday night.

New Jersey trailed 3-1 after one period despite outshooting the Thrashers 24-6. But after the goalie change, they solved Ondrej Pavelec, who had made 23 saves in the first 20 minutes.

"We did get a couple of easier ones," Lemaire said. "But that's what happens when a goalie makes seven, eight great saves. There's a time that softer goals will go in, but you can't blame this guy tonight because he was great."

Dean McAmmond, who entered the game with one goal, scored twice for New Jersey, including the eventual game-winner with 8:15 left in regulation when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Patrik Elias.

"There wasn't a downtrodden attitude at all," McAmmond said. "It was like a thing where we played well, we played hard and did the same thing again that we did in the first period. We found a way to get a couple by him."

Brodeur, seeking to break Terry Sawchuk's NHL record of 103 career shutouts one night after he set the NHL record for games played by a goalie, didn't have it. But his teammates picked him up.

Lemaire said he pulled Brodeur, who had started 12 consecutive games, "to be different."

"The way we're playing I thought it was a good opportunity to put Danis in and rest [Brodeur] for the next game," Lemaire said.

Brodeur had appeared in 20 consecutive games -- one in relief -- and was starting his second game in two nights. He said he had no problem being lifted.

"Oh, no, no, no, no," he said. "It's their decision. I think the bottom line is you need a little kick in the butt after the first [period]. Not that we played bad, but defensively -- three goals on six shots, we had to do something."

With Danis in goal, the League-leading Devils scored three times on their first seven shots to take a 4-3 lead, giving them 31 shots to Atlanta's 8 before the game's midpoint. They got three goals from players who entered with a combined total of one: McAmmond and Rod Pelley.

Brian Rolston, stymied by Pavelec's glove save on a slap shot in the first period that had him looking up to the rafters in disbelief, made it 3-2 at 2:46 of the second period.

New Jersey tied the game at 6:12 on a power-play goal by McAmmond. Zach Parise deflected Andy Greene's point shot and McAmmond batted the rebound out of the air with the top of his stick blade from a short distance to make it 3-3.

Pelley got his first goal of the season with a long shot from the left point that sailed over the shoulder of Pavelec at 10:04 to give the Devils their first lead.

Atlanta came in having won three of its last four games - but two of those wins came in games in which the Thrashers had allowed 47 and 48 shots. That tendency bit them on Saturday as the Devils totaled 42 shots.

"We talked about fixing our defensive game," coach John Anderson said. "We gave them too much respect and backed off. They're such a good team that they took advantage of it."

Ron Hainsey and New Jersey's Rob Niedermayer exchanged early goals before Nik Antropov and Pavel Kubina scored to give the Thrashers their 3-1 lead.

After McAmmond made it 5-3, Slava Kozlov pulled Atlanta within one with a power-play goal with 3:56 left in regulation for Atlanta.

But Danis, who said he was told that he was going into the game with about eight or nine minutes left in the first intermission, was sold in the final minutes as the Thrashers pressed for the equalizer.

"It was a little crazy," said Danis, who finished with 20 saves. "They didn't get much the first 15 minutes of the third period, but we battled through it and it's nice to get the win."

scoring summary
1st Period
07:15
ATL
Ron Hainsey (3) ASST: Christoph Schubert (4), Pavel Kubina (15)
1 - 0 ATL
12:55
NJD
Rob Niedermayer (5) ASST: Jay Pandolfo (4), Mike Mottau (2)
1 - 1 Tie
14:30
ATL
Nik Antropov (7) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (17), Boris Valabik (2)
2 - 1 ATL
17:14
ATL
Pavel Kubina (4) ASST: Tobias Enstrom (23), Todd White (11)
3 - 1 ATL
2nd Period
02:46
NJD
Brian Rolston (13) ASST: Colin White (7)
3 - 2 ATL
06:12
NJD
PPG - Dean McAmmond (2) ASST: Zach Parise (21), Andy Greene (14)
3 - 3 Tie
10:04
NJD
Rod Pelley (1) ASST: Vladimir Zharkov (6)
4 - 3 NJD
3rd Period
11:45
NJD
Dean McAmmond (3) ASST: Patrik Elias (11), Zach Parise (22)
5 - 3 NJD
16:04
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (8) ASST: Tobias Enstrom (24), Nik Antropov (22)
5 - 4 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
04:51
ATL
Ron Hainsey  Hooking against  Patrik Elias
2nd Period
05:21
ATL
Christoph Schubert  Slashing against  Travis Zajac
16:09
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Slashing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
3rd Period
15:46
NJD
Patrik Elias  Hi-sticking against  Christoph Schubert
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 6TOI: 20:00
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Yann Danis
SA: 20TOI: 40:00
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 42TOI: 58:42
Saves: 37EV: 35 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .881SH: 0 - 0