New Jersey
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43-25-12-2
Atlanta
Thrashers
33-37-8-4

32 SOG
18 SOG
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New Jersey Devils 5, Atlanta Thrashers 0 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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New Jersey Devils 5, Atlanta Thrashers 0 FINAL
New Jersey Devils 5, Atlanta Thrashers 0

ATLANTA (AP) _ Scott Clemmensen made the most of a rare start Friday night, stopping 18 shots for his second road shutout in the New Jersey Devils' 5-0 victory over Atlanta.

Playing time is scarce for any goalie behind New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who this week reached 400 wins faster than any player in NHL history. Clemmensen has made only four starts this season, and he already has three wins and two shutouts.

``It's obviously a testament to the type of goaltender he is,'' Devils right wing Brian Gionta said. ``Backup goalies don't play a lot here. To be that sharp says a lot.''

Clemmensen made only 10 saves in the first two periods. At times when the Thrashers could not even challenge the net, staying alert was Clemmensen's biggest challenge.

``I didn't see a lot of shots and I didn't see a lot of quality shots,'' Clemmensen said. ``Obviously, when you limit those two things, good things are going to happen for you. It's just having good players playing in front of you.''

The Stanley Cup champion Devils, 1-2-1 in their last four games, moved within a point of fifth-place Ottawa and four points ahead of seventh-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gomez scored twice, and Patrik Elias, Paul Martin and Sergei Brylin added goals for New Jersey.

The Devils needed a lift following a 2-1 loss in Tampa Bay Thursday night, and Clemmensen delivered in only his fourth start.

On Tuesday night, Brodeur became just the eighth goalie to reach the 400-win mark, and he was rewarded with a night off against the Thrashers.

Clemmensen said he was told by coach Pat Burns after Thursday night's loss that he would start Friday night.

``When they call me I just want to play well,'' Clemmensen said. ``The shutout is a bonus.''

In his first NHL appearance on Jan. 20, Clemmensen had a 3-0 shutout in Pittsburgh. That was the Devils' last road shutout victory before Friday night.

Clemmensen was mostly a spectator in the second period, when the Thrashers had only three shots on goal. Atlanta's first shot on goal came with 6:40 left in the period.

``It was not one of our best games, that's for sure,'' said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley. ``From the first drop of the puck we basically never gave ourselves a chance to be in this game.''

The Thrashers were playing their first game since they were eliminated from the playoffs with the New York Islanders' win over Philadelphia Thursday night. The frustrations of Atlanta's players became evident late in the game, leading to Martin's five-on-three goal with 2:08 left to play.

The Thrashers drew 17 penalties, including two five-minute major penalties for fighting and two unsportsmanlike conduct calls.

``There were certainly frustrations, but still you have to be able to control your frustrations,'' Hartley said. ``You can't let frustration control you.''

The Devils had converted only four of their last 47 power-play opportunities entering the game. Against the Thrashers, they made good on four of 11 power-play tries, including two in the final 2:08 of the game.

Elias pushed his team-leading goals total to 36 on a power-play shot from the right circle 4:28 into the first period. The goal followed a two-minute tripping penalty against Atlanta's Andy Sutton.

The Devils didn't need a power-play chance to push the lead to 2-0 in the first period. Gomez scored on a deflected shot by Brian Gionta with 3:59 left in the period.

With only 36.4 seconds left in a fight-marred second period, Gomez beat goalie Pasi Nurminen to push the Devils' lead to 3-0.

Brylin limped off the ice in the final seconds after a shot with 10.8 seconds left to play deflected off his skate and past Nurminen for the Devils' final goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:28
NJD
PPG - Patrik Elias (36) ASST: Raymond Giroux (2), Scott Gomez (51)
1 - 0 NJD
16:01
NJD
Scott Gomez (11) ASST: Brian Gionta (8), Patrik Elias (36)
2 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
19:23
NJD
PPG - Scott Gomez (12) ASST: Scott Niedermayer (37), Patrik Elias (37)
3 - 0 NJD
3rd Period
17:52
NJD
PPG - Paul Martin (6) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (13), Jeff Friesen (20)
4 - 0 NJD
19:49
NJD
PPG - Sergei Brylin (14) ASST: John Madden (23), Paul Martin (17)
5 - 0 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
04:16
ATL
Andy Sutton  Tripping
11:08
NJD
Jan Hrdina  Tripping against  Daniel Tjarnqvist
13:05
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Hooking - Obstruction
17:13
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Boarding against  Colin White
18:56
NJD
Brian Gionta  Cross checking
18:56
NJD
Colin White  Fighting (maj)
18:56
NJD
Patrik Elias  Misconduct (10 min)
18:56
NJD
Patrik Elias  Roughing
18:56
ATL
Ivan Majesky  Roughing
18:56
ATL
Andy Sutton  Fighting (maj)
18:56
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Roughing
18:56
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Roughing
2nd Period
02:25
NJD
Jeff Friesen  Tripping against  Garnet Exelby
05:12
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Fighting (maj) against  Benjamin Simon
05:12
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Rasmussen
06:07
ATL
Andy Sutton  Charging (maj) against  Brian Gionta
06:07
ATL
Pasi Nurminen  Slashing against  Brian Gionta
06:07
NJD
Brian Gionta  Slashing against  Randy Robitaille
06:59
ATL
Shawn McEachern  Elbowing
18:59
ATL
Francis Lessard  Abusive language - bench
3rd Period
04:28
NJD
Sean Brown  Too many men/ice - bench
07:37
NJD
David Hale  Hooking - Obstruction against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
07:37
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Diving against  David Hale
13:16
NJD
David Hale  Closing hand on puck
16:06
ATL
Francis Lessard  Roughing
16:06
ATL
Benjamin Simon  Elbowing
17:52
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Elbowing
17:52
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Roughing against  Jeff Friesen
goalie stats
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 18TOI: 59:38
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Pasi Nurminen
Pasi Nurminen
SA: 32TOI: 59:58
Saves: 27EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 2PP: 12 - 16
SV%: .844SH: 1 - 1
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