Devils Get an A-plus Effort in 3-1 Victory Over Atlanta
New York, NY - The New Jersey Devils (10-25-2) ended the 2010 season with an a-plus effort in their 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers in hockey action on Friday evening. Tallying two assists in the night was former A-Line star Jason Arnott.
The Devils were able to tally the first goal of the game with 1:18 on the scoreboard when Arnott (7) sent the puck to Mark Fayne (2). Fayne would then record a 59 foot slap shot to give New Jersey the 1-0 lead.
Arnott (eight) and the Devils would strike again in the second period of play, as Captain Jamie Langenbrunner (4) would tally the second goal of the game. The winger, in the middle of numerous trade rumors, would tally a 22 foot slap shot for the 2-0 New Jersey lead.
Atlanta would spoil the shutout bid that was being posted by backup keeper Johan Hedberg. It was a goal by Dustin Byfuglien (15) who would tip-in a 13 foot shot at the 12:14 mark of the third period of play. The first Thrashers goal was assisted by Alexander Burmistrov (10) and Anthony Stewart (15) to cut into the Devils lead, making the score 2-1.
New Jersey would find an answer though at the 13:40 mark as the Sniper Ilya Kovalchuk (9). The winger was able to record a 11 foot wrist shot to ice the 3-1 victory for the Devils.
Hedberg would finish the night with 28 saves in the cage for New Jersey, while also being named the first star of the game. While on the other side of the ice Atlanta keeper Chris Mason finished with 25 saves.
The Devils will look to continue their positive offensive momentum, while also celebrating 2011, as they travel Carolina. New Jersey will have a Saturday night 7:00 p.m. face-off against the Hurricanes.