Brodeur Ties All-Time Shutout Mark…

Last night in Buffalo, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur tied Hall-of-Famer Terry Sawchuk (who played from 1949-70) with his 103rd regular season shutout, 3-0 over the Sabres. Brodeur, who already owns the record for most wins (575), most minutes-played (60,582) and is four appearances shy of tying Patrick Roy’s record of 1,029 (a record he should tie & surpass on the upcoming 5-game homestand in New Jersey), only had one other shutout against the Sabres over his career — a 0-0 tie in December of 1996; he and Dominik Hasek (who both like to save pucks from shutouts) split the puck in half.

It’s safe to say that no one will be catching him as far as shutouts go for quite a while — the next closest active goalie is 23nd all-time: Detroit’s Chris Osgood with 50. His only other shutout this year was a 2-0 triumph over Carolina on October 18 and his next shutout will give him sole possession of first place with AT LEAST 3 more seasons of hockey in him.

Pretty impressive stuff; congrats Marty…and keep it going…

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Brodeur & Devils Blank ‘Canes 2-0

Here is the link to my recap of Saturday’s Devils-Carolina game:

http://nycsportsnews.com/articles/details.htm?id=1020

Dan’s Three Stars of the Game:

#1 – Martin Brodeur (NJ) – 26 saves, win (4-3-0), shutout (1)

#2 – Can Ward (Car) – 27 saves, loss (2-4-1)

#3 – Jamie Langenbrunner (NJ) – gw goal (2)

More quotes to be posted…

Here are the line combos and d-man pairings used for most of the game:

New Jersey:
Parise-Niedermayer-Langenbrunner
Halischuk-Zajac-Bergfors
Pandolfo-Zubrus-Rolston
Leblond-Pelley-Clarkson

Martin-Salvador
Mottau-White
Greene-Oduya

Carolina:
Whitney-Staal-Ruutu
Samsonov-Cullen-Larose
Jokinen-Brind’Amour-Walker
Kostopoulos-Yelle-Conboy

Gleason-Pitkanen
A.Ward-Alberts
Corvo-Wallin