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October 22, 2005
Game 8: Devils Blow 3-1 lead, Fall 4-3 to Thrashers

    The New Jersey Devils blew a third period 3-1 lead over the Thrashers, losing 4-3 in Atlanta on Saturday, October 22, 2005.

    John Madden beat Adam Berkhoel at 6:52 of the first period to give the Devils an early 1-0 lead.   Grant Marshall was credited with the only assist on Madden's first goal of the season.

    The first period ended with the shots even, 12-12 and with the Devils leading the Thrashers by a score of 1-0.

    Marian Hossa beat Martin Brodeur just 1:10 into the second period to tie the game, 1-1.

    The Devils outshot the Thrashers 11-9 in the second period, which ended with the score tied, 1-1.

    Sergei Brylin beat Berkhoel with a great shot, just 1:54 into the third period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.   Brian Gionta and Sean Brown assisted on Brylin's fourth goal of the season.

    John Madden scored his second goal of the game from behind the goal line at 7:30 to increase the Devils lead to 3-1.   Erik Rassmussen got the only assist on the goal.

    Ronald Petrovicky beat Martin Brodeur just 27 seconds after Madden's goal with what appeared to be a weak shot to get the Thrashers back within one goal.

    Marc Savard beat Brodeur on the power-play at 12:26 to tie the game, 3-3.   Just 40 seconds later, Petrovicky got his second goal of the game to give Atlanta their first lead of the game.

    The game ended with the Thrashers defeating the Devils, 4-3.   The Devils outshot Atlanta 12-7 in the third period and 35-28 in the game.

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