Devils 3, Thrashers 2

Zach Parise fought to stay positive while the frustration rose

during a 12-game goal-scoring drought.

Parise finally broke out Monday night, getting two goals to lead

the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta

Thrashers.

Parise, who led the Devils with a career-high 45 goals last

season, snapped the slump to help New Jersey win for the 10th time

in the past 12 games.

“It’s a funny game like that,” Parise said. “You go through

spurts where everything you touch goes in and sometimes it’s the

opposite. It was important to try and keep a positive attitude

while it wasn’t going in.”

Colin White also had a goal while Niclas Bergfors added a pair

of assists. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his league-leading

24th win.

Ilya Kovalchuk and Marty Reasoner scored for the Thrashers, who

dropped their fifth straight game.

Kovalchuk opened the scoring at 9:46 of the first on a blast

from the left circle over Brodeur’s left shoulder. Kovalchuk’s

team-leading 23rd goal extended his point-scoring streak to 10

games.

Exactly one minute later, Parise evened the score for New Jersey

by knocking home his own rebound.

“It definitely felt good for something to finally go in, and to

remember what it felt like to score a goal,” Parise said.

White then put New Jersey ahead 2-1 at 16:34 with a shot from

the left point through a maze of players past a badly screened

Johan Hedberg.

It stayed that way until Parise connected again with a

power-play goal 59 seconds into the third. Taking a cross-ice pass

from Patrik Elias, Parise notched his team-leading 17th goal.

The Thrashers kept up their effort and were rewarded when

Reasoner, set up by a two-zone rush by Pavel Kubina, beat Brodeur

from the high slot at 7:28 to trim the lead to 3-2.

Kovalchuk tested Brodeur from the right circle with 3 minutes

left and Atlanta pulled Hedberg for an extra attacker in the final

minute. Brodeur fended off the final flurry, snaring a shot from

Nik Antropov as he was knocked to the ice.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire

said. “There was a lot of hitting and not a lot of room to

play.”

For the Thrashers, a solid effort on the road turned into

another loss. Four of the five losses in the slump have been by one

goal.

“We have to get some wins,” Reasoner said. “You can’t take

morale victories in the standings. It’s all about results.”

The answers, according to Thrashers coach John Anderson, lie

within.

“The only people going to help us are ourselves,” he said.

“We’re down and they’re going to keep coming at us until we figure

out we’ve got to make simple plays and get the puck out of danger

in our zone. We’ve got dig down and find out what’s in our

hearts.”

NOTES: Atlanta last dropped five straight Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2008.

… RW David Clarkson returned for New Jersey after missing 13

games with a broken bone above the right ankle. With Clarkson

activated from the injured reserve list on Monday, D Matthew

Corrente was assigned to Lowell (AHL). … Brodeur, making his

first appearance at the Prudential Center since setting the career

shutout record (104), was loudly cheered when the starting lineups

were announced, and again during a video tribute in a first-period

stoppage. … Eric Boulton and the Devils’ Andrew Peters fought

1:57 into the game. Both got fighting majors; Peters was also given

a game misconduct for not having his jersey tied down. Clarkson and

Chris Thorburn had the second bout of the period at 13:45. …

Gordie Howe attended the game.