Originally created 02/08/02

Thrashers 3, Devils 3



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ray Ferraro stuffed in a rebound with 2 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Thrashers rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to tie the New Jersey Devils 3-3 on Thursday night.

Jiri Slegr also scored in the period, when the Thrashers took eight shots at Martin Brodeur, one more than they had in the first two periods combined.

Tony Hrkac also scored for Atlanta, while Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Randy McKay tallied for New Jersey, which was soundly booed by its fans after squandering the lead against the NHL's second-worst team.

Ferraro's goal capped a wild final 15 seconds in which the Thrashers took four shots at Brodeur.

Rookie Dany Heatley thought he had tied it just seconds before Ferraro, but his shot slide under Brodeur, hit off the post and caromed to the other side. Ferraro collected it and stuffed it past Brodeur, snapping a 16-game goal-scoring drought.

The overtime was wild with the teams combining for 13 shots, most of them good scoring chances.

Brodeur made four saves, including a 2-on-1 stop against Ilya Kovalchuk, who had two good chances. Milan Hnilicka made nine saves, stopping Brian Rafalski in close and Scott Gomez twice.

The tie gave the Devils 57 points, moving them into a tie for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with the idle New York Rangers. New Jersey has a game in hand.

New Jersey is 2-1-1 since Kevin Constantine replaced Larry Robinson as coach.

Trailing 3-1, Slegr got Atlanta within a goal five minutes into the third, scoring from the point on a power play.

Until then, the Devils seemed in control, limiting Atlanta to seven shots in the first two periods.

Arnott and Elias gave the Devils a 2-1 lead in the first, beating Hnilicka in a 4:27 span.

Arnott tied it at 1 at 10:41, putting the rebound of a point shot by Andrei Zyuzin into an open net.

The goal came a little more than five minutes after Hrkac split defenseman Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko and beat Brodeur with a shot from between the circles.

Elias gave New Jersey the lead at 15:08, batting a cross-ice pass by Petr Sykora out of the air past Hnilicka for his 21st goal.

McKay, who only returned to the lineup Monday after missing 10 games with a hip injury, stretched the lead to 3-1 at 16:45 with the Devils' first power-play goal in five games.

Notes: Mike Miller, the radio voice of the Devils for the past nine years, is leaving to become the vice president and general manager of the Toledo Storm of the East Coast Hockey League. ... Rafalski, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, returned to the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury. ... The point was the first for Atlanta in six games at the Continental Airlines Arena. ... The Thrashers are 2-1-1-1 in their last four road games.