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Thrashers 2, Islanders 0

October 15, 1999

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Damian Rhodes posted the first shutout, first victory and first road triumph in the history of the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night, stopping 20 shots for a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders.

Andrew Brunette scored a power-play goal and captain Kelly Buchberger picked up an even-strength goal as the Thrashers made their NHL regular season road debut. Atlanta opened with three straight home games, losing to New Jersey and Detroit and tying Buffalo.

Felix Potvin stopped 26 shots for the Islanders, who played before a turnstile-count crowd of 3,062. The team announced 5,219 tickets were sold for the game at Nassau Coliseum, which holds 16,297.

Brunette’s second goal of the season gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead at 10:46. Potvin stopped Darryl Shannon’s shot from the point shot, but Brunette picked up the rebound and shot the puck over Potvin’s glove.

The Islanders’ penalty killing got better in the second period, as they killed off three straight penalties, and five of six overall in the contest.

Buchberger put the Thrashers up 2-0 on a disputed goal at 6:53 of the final period. Buchberger took rookie Patrik Stefan’s pass and whipped a shot from the left side into the far corner. There was a dispute over what appeared to be a missed offsides call.

Two customers in the sparse crowd were Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Glavine, a big hockey fan who owns a luxury box in Atlanta’s arena, was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round in 1984. He was drafted by the Braves in the second round the same year, and opted for a career in baseball. Glavine is scheduled to pitch Friday night for the Braves in Game of the NL championship series against the New York Mets.

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