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April 05, 2002
Devils Beat Thrashers 3-1, Marty Breaks Another Record
    The New Jersey Devils defeated the Thrashers 3-1 in Atlanta on Friday, April 5, 2002.   The victory pulls the Devils back within one point of the Islanders for 6th place in the conference.
    Sergei Brylin got his 16th goal of the season at 6:44 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.   Brylin's goal was assisted by Scott Stevens.
    Joe Nieuwendyk gave the Devils a 2-0 lead at 17:56 of the first period by beating Milan Hnilicka with a nice shot.   Nieuwendyk's 25th goal of the season was assisted by Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Rafalski.
    The first period ended with the Devils leading the Thrashers 2-0.   The Devils outshot the Thrashers 12-5 and won 13 of 20 faceoffs in the period.
    Jamie Langenbrunner missed 17 minutes of the second period after being assessed with a 2 minute insigating minor, a 5 minute fighting major, and a 10 minute misconduct - after a tussle with the Thrashers' Dan Snyder.
    Yuri Butsayev scored for the Thrashers at 9:15 of the second period to cut the Devils lead to 2-1.
    The second period ended with the Devils leading 2-1.   The Devils outshot the Thrashers 13-4 and won 11 of 16 faceoffs in the period.
    John Madden guaranteed the Devils win by scoring an empty net goal with only 48 seconds left in the game.   Madden's 12th goal of the season was unassisted.
    The game ended with the Devils defeating the Thrashers by a score of 3-1.   The Devils outshot the Thrashers 36-15 and won 60% of the faceoffs in the game.
    The Devils were 0 for 5 and the Thrashers were 0 for 3 on the power-play.
    Martin Brodeur got his 35th win of the season tonight, making him the only goaltender in NHL history to achieve at least 35 wins in six straight seasons.
    With Ottawa gaining a point in their 0-0 tie with Washington tonight, the Devils can no longer mathematically reach a top-4 spot in the conference.   Since they will finish 5th or lower, they cannot have home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
    Since Kevin Constantine took over as head coach for the Devils, their record is 16-8-2-1.
    Mike Commodore, Andrei Zyuzin, Jim McKenzie, and Andreas Salomonsson were healthy scratches for the Devils.

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