Devils 5, Thrashers 1
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Brendan Morrison had a goal and two assists Friday night as the New Jersey Devils beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1.
Morrison and Patrik Elias, contract holdouts who both came to terms with the Devils on Oct. 25, scored their first goals.
Claude Lemieux, Jason Arnott and Sergei Nemchinov also scored for New Jersey, which extended its home unbeaten streak to eight at 7-0-1.
Martin Brodeur lost a bid for his 38th career shutout when Petr Buzek scored on a point shot through a screen with 57.4 seconds remaining. Atlanta did little on offense and was outshot 40-13.
Elias, Lemieux and Arnott scored in the first period as the Devils took a 3-0 lead.
Elias opened the scoring with a shot from the slot at 7:27. Lemieux followed with power-play goal at 14:54. Arnott beat rookie goaltender Scott Langkow with a knuckling shot from the high slot at 16:17.
The Devils, who outshot the Thrashers 14-3 in the first period, kept up the pressure in the second on goals by Nemchinov and Morrison.
Nemchinov, on a centering feed from Morrison, scored the fourth goal at 2:45. Nemchinov reciprocated by setting up Morrison at 14:38.