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Brodeur shines again as Devils blank Flyers

Mar 1, 2009 - 10:02 PM
By Brian Fitzsimmons PA SportsTicker Staff Writer

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Though the New Jersey Devils are trying to preach about team efforts, Martin Brodeur's personal accolades keep getting in the way.

As long as the wins continue to accumulate, there won't be much complaining.

Brodeur made 27 saves and defenseman Johnny Oduya scored a goal and set up another as the Devils posted a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta each tallied for New Jersey, which extended its winning streak to three games.

"I thought we played a real strong team game today," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "For 60 minutes, we played well. I think what it is, we were good on both sides of the puck and good on both ends."

A four-time Vezina Trophy winner, Brodeur turned aside 10 shots in the first period, six in the second and 11 in the third to secure his 100th career shutout. The 36-year-old moved within four of surpassing Terry Sawchuk's all-time record.

"That's a big number," Brodeur said of his milestone blanking. "It's hard to believe it a little bit. Only one other guy has gotten more, and it hit me when the guys were congratulating me.

"Shutouts are tough to get. It doesn't matter how you get them."

Starting for the third time in four days since returning from a 50-game absence, Brodeur earned his 547th regular-season win and needs four more to tie Patrick Roy's all-time mark.

"(Brodeur) made some big saves for us today," Sutter said. "He played very well. There's not one guy in there that didn't have a real good game."

Brodeur has stopped 66 of 68 shots in three games (3-0-0) since coming back from a torn biceps muscle suffered on November 1.

"Today was a good game, an important game for our hockey club," Brodeur said. "It was a big challenge. The first two games (back) were ... a little different than (facing) the Flyers. It was a little more of a challenge."

Martin Biron made 39 saves for the Flyers, who dropped back-to-back contests for the first time since January 31-February 4.

"(Brodeur) was awesome tonight," Philadelphia's Joffrey Lupul said. "Every time they needed a save, he made it. You hear all the talk when he was hurt, 'Should he be back again as a starter.' That's crazy. He's an elite goalie."

Langenbrunner opened the scoring at 3:51 of the first period, accepting a feed from All-Star Zach Parise and firing a snap shot from the right faceoff circle that sailed by Biron for his 20th tally of the season.

Langenbrunner's 200th career goal was all Brodeur needed.

"It's great," Parise said of playing with Brodeur. "He's getting records that won't be broken, in my opinion, and for him to be that great and for me to be a part of it, it's amazing to be a part of history."

New Jersey doubled its lead 37 seconds into the second, when Oduya unleashed a slap shot from the high slot and Gionta deflected it into the vacant net while stationed on the doorstep.

"As a team, we have four capable lines of scoring goals and other teams don't have that," Devils center Travis Zajac said. "(Opposing teams) can't check one line because another one will come right at you."

New Jersey has outscored opponents, 14-2, since Brodeur's return.

"It's unbelievable to come back and do what he's done," Zajac said. "He's fun to be around."

The Devils held a 20-6 advantage in shots during the middle session, but were unable to capitalize on three power plays - including a 5-on-3 advantage during which Biron turned aside four shots.

"When you kill penalties in the second period, like we have lately, it takes a lot out of you," Flyers captain Mike Richards said. "It seems like the second period, we get in trouble, shoot ourselves in the foot."

Oduya ended a 15-game goalless streak by taking an cross-ice pass from David Clarkson and blasting a hard slap shot past Biron at 4:48 of the third. Four of the Oduya's 13 career goals have come against Philadelphia.

"(Oduya) played well," Sutter said. "All six guys back there played well. They did a lot of good things."

Flyers center Daniel Briere made his long-anticipated return from a three month absence. He recorded one shot in 16 minutes, 48 seconds of action.

The oft-injured 31-year-old was activated from injured reserve Saturday after missing 36 games due to the lingering effects of a slow-healing groin injury.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 1 1 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 20 (ZACH PARISE, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    3:51
    2ND PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 14 (JOHNNY ODUYA, DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 0:37
    3RD PRD: NJD - JOHNNY ODUYA 5 (DAVID CLARKSON, BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 4:48
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    PHILADELPHIA 0
    NEW JERSEY 3
    3RD PRD: NJD - JOHNNY ODUYA 5 (DAVID CLARKSON, BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 4:48

    Flyers 0, Devils 3  3rd - 15:12Mar 1 3:02 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 20 (ZACH PARISE, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    3:51
    2ND PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 14 (JOHNNY ODUYA, DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 0:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHI 10

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  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    NEW JERSEY 2
    2ND PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 14 (JOHNNY ODUYA, PATRIK ELIAS) 0:37

    Flyers 0, Devils 2  2nd - 19:23Mar 1 2:02 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 20 (ZACH PARISE, TRAVIS ZAJAC)
    3:51
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHI 10 10
    NJD 11 11
    GOALIES: PHI - MARTIN BIR

    Mar 1 1:41 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    NEW JERSEY 1
    1ST PRD: NJD - JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER 20 (ZACH PARISE, TRAVIS ZAJAC) 3:51

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