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Rolston scores, Brodeur gets 97th career shutout as Devils beat Thrashers

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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.

With a little good fortune, Brodeur made the lead stand up. Jason Williams had a good chance in front, but the Devils goalie made the initial save and blocked the rebound as well. Ron Hainsey got off a blistering shot from the point during an Atlanta power play, but it clanked off the post.

The Thrashers pulled Lehtonen in the final minute, but never had a good chance against the defensive-minded Devils, who have allowed just six goals in four games this season.

But it could be a costly win. Midway through the third, the Thrashers broke up a pass intended for Rolston breaking clear in front of the net. As he swept into the corner, looking to get back up ice, his skates came out from under him and he crashed feet-first into the boards.

He didn't return after being helped to the locker room.

Notes: The Thrashers scratched D Nathan Oystrick and LW Brett Sterling. D Sheldon Brookbank, C Petr Vrana and D Anssi Salmela sat out for the Devils. ... After scoring seven goals in their season opener, the Thrashers have managed only four goals in the last three games. ... The Devils went 1-of-3 on the power play. The Thrashers failed to score five times with the man advantage.

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