Series (Game 3 of 4)

New Jersey leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, December 18th
Game 2: Sunday, January 25th
Game 3: Friday, February 27th
Game 4: Friday, March 26th

Jets 3

(25-32-2, 58 pts)

Devils 2

(33-18-1, 78 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 27, 2004

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
WPG 0 2 13
NJ 0 2 02

P. Elias (Devils - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Sutton (Jets - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

P. Stefan (Jets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Atlanta (24-32-6-2) at New Jersey (33-17-11-1) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Led by the recently formed line of Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, the New Jersey Devils seek their fourth straight victory Friday night as they host the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Devils have scored 18 goals in their last three games and 30 in their last seven. They are 5-1-1 in that span and Elias, Gionta and Gomez have been hot.

In Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the trio combined for 11 points. Elias had two goals and three assists, giving him 11 points in his last three contests. Gomez had three assists and has 15 points in his last seven while Gionta had two goals, giving him six in his last seven games.

"It's one of those things right now," Gomez said Wednesday. "Each guy is going great. We complement each other well, we move the puck and skate, we're doing the right thing out there."

Overshadowed by New Jersey's highest scoring home game since a 9-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 28, 2000, Martin Brodeur made 20 saves for his 30th win of the season. He is the first goaltender in NHL history to record nine straight 30-win campaigns.

Another milestone will take place for the Devils on Friday as Pat Burns will become the 11th man to 1,000 NHL games.

Atlanta has split its last six games following a 10-game winless streak. The Thrashers enter off consecutive losses, including Wednesday's 4-2 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ilya Kovalchuk had a four-game goals streak snapped, but is still tied for the NHL lead with Columbus' Rick Nash with 33 goals.

The Devils lead the lead the all-time series 12-3-3, including wins in the first two matchups this season.