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February 27, 2004
Game 63: Thrashers Beat Devils 3-2

    The New Jersey Devils lost at home to the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2 on Friday, February 27, 2004.

    Here are a few of my pictures from the game.

    There was no scoring in the first period, the Thrashers outshot New Jersey 7-5.

    Garnet Exelby got his first goal of the season unassisted at 7:50 of the second period to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead.   30 seconds later, Brian Gionta beat Pasi Nurminen to tie the game.   Patrik Elias got the only assist on Gionta's 18th goal of the season.

    Patrik Stefan regained the lead for Atlanta at 9:40, only to have Patrik Elias tie the game again, just 24 seconds later.   Scott Gomez got the only assist on Elias' 28th goal of the season.

    Grant Marshall was ejected with 5:19 remaining in the second period.   The penalties would have forced the Devils to kill 7:00 of penalty time, however Atlanta took three minor penalties during the kill.

    The second period ended with the game tied, 2-2.   Atlanta outshot New Jersey 8-7 in the period.

    Dany Heatly gave Atlanta the lead again at 14:11 of the third period, beating Brodeur on the power-play.

    With 5:09 remaining in regulation time, Atlanta opened one of the doors to their bench, and Scott Gomez was checked through it.   When he got up, Atlanta was less than hospitable - and a fight ensued, with Gomez still behind the Atlanta bench.   Jeff Cowan was tossed from the game for his part in the scuffle.

    The game ended with Atlanta winning, 3-2.   The Thrashers outshot the Devils 8-5 in the third period, and 23-17 in the game.

    The Devils lead of the season series drops to 2-1.   The teams will meet once more (on March 26) in the 2003-2004 regular season.

    The game was the 1,000th NHL game coached by Pat Burns.   He is only the 11th coach to ever reach that milestone.   Burns was honored with a brief ceremony before the start of the game.

    The game was also a milestone for Sergei Brylin, who played in his 500th game.

    The game was the last of a 3-game homestand.   The team now has a 5-game road trip ahead of them, first heading north of the border (Toronto & Montreal), then to the Southeast (Florida, Tampa Bay, and Carolina) before returning home for a game on the trade deadline, March 9.

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