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Brodeur notches 101st career shutout as Devils blank Wild

Mar 21, 2009 - 2:42 AM
NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- Martin Brodeur is closing in on another record.

In his first appearance since breaking the NHL victory record, Brodeur made 35 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night for his 101st shutout, just two behind Terry Sawchuk's mark.

"It's a lot of shutouts," Brodeur said. "That record is proof of commitment by an organization to play well defensively. You can't do it by yourself. With the amount of shutouts that I've got, you've got to consider that the team is doing the right things."

And Brodeur is there to vacuum up the mistakes.

"It becomes so standard that it's hard to be amazed," said Brian Gionta, who had a goal for the Devils. "You see it day in and day out, just how good he is and how hard he works. Whether it's practice or warmups, he's battling for rebounds, trying to stop it. He's always trying to not let you score."

Patrik Elias scored twice, giving him 30 for the season, and Johnny Oduya added a goal to help the Devils extend their team-record home winning streak to 11.

The focus was again squarely on Brodeur as the Devils rebounded from an emotional letdown Wednesday night in a 4-2 loss in Carolina with backup Kevin Weekes in goal. That came a night after Brodeur earned his 552nd win to break Patrick Roy's record.

Brodeur was back in goal against the Wild and Jacques Lemaire, his coach when the Devils won their first Stanley Cup in 1995.

While there was a countdown to Brodeur's Roy chase, it's impossible to predict when another shutout might occur. With the way Brodeur is playing, it might not take long.

"We don't know when that's going to happen," Brodeur said. "Shutouts are part being good, part being lucky."

Brodeur is 9-1 with three shutouts since returning Feb. 26 after missing 50 games following biceps surgery.

Not surprisingly, the two defensive-minded teams played a scoreless first period with few scoring opportunities and the Devils outshooting the Wild 6-4.

The Devils scored three times in the second

Elias got things rolling with an unassisted goal at 1:24. New Jersey fired the puck into the Minnesota zone and Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky failed to control it on the end boards. The puck popped right to Elias who flicked a shot past Niklas Backstrom.

"You can't make mistakes like that when you are on the road playing against a good team," Lemaire said. "Those are mistakes you have to avoid. You do that once a year. Only one time."

The New Jersey goal seemed to ignite the Wild who finally generated some quality chances. Brodeur was up to the challenge, stopping a backhander from Eric Belanger and a crease shot by Colton Gillies.

The Devils broke it open on goals by Gionta and Oduya in a 1:03 span. Gionta finished off a 2-on-1 break with Zach Parise at 9:59 and Oduya followed with a blast from the point that concluded Backstrom's night as Josh Harding came in to finish up.

The Wild, awarded four power plays in the period, outshot the Devils 16-7.

In the third, Elias got his second tally, a power-play goal at 8:32 to give the Devils a 4-0 lead.

The remaining drama centered on Brodeur and the shutout bid that he preserved with stellar short-handed saves on Mikko Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kim Johnsson.

"We couldn't come up nothing," Lemaire said. "We had power plays and a lot of time on it. We didn't build on it. We got nothing."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 0 3 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 29 (UNASSISTED) 1:24
    NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 18 (ZACH PARISE, MIKE MOTTAU) 9:59
    NJD - DAVID CLARKSON 16 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 11:02
    3RD PRD: NJD - (PP) PATRIK ELIAS 30 (ZACH PARISE, PAUL MARTI

    Mar 20 9:22 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    NEW JERSEY 4
    3RD PRD: NJD - (PP) PATRIK ELIAS 30 (TRAVIS ZAJAC, PAUL MARTIN) 10:05

    Wild 0, Devils 4  3rd - 9:55Mar 20 9:04 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 0 3 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 29 (UNASSISTED) 1:24
    NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 18 (ZACH PARISE, MIKE MOTTAU) 9:59
    NJD - DAVID CLARKSON 16 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 11:02
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    ---

    Mar 20 8:32 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    NEW JERSEY 3
    2ND PRD: NJD - DAVID CLARKSON 16 (BRENDAN SHANAHAN) 11:02

    Wild 0, Devils 3  2nd - 8:58Mar 20 8:19 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    NEW JERSEY 2
    2ND PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 18 (ZACH PARISE, MIKE MOTTAU) 9:59

    Wild 0, Devils 2  2nd - 10:01Mar 20 8:13 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0
    NEW JERSEY 1
    2ND PRD: NJD - PATRIK ELIAS 29 (UNASSISTED) 1:24

    Wild 0, Devils 1  2nd - 18:36Mar 20 8:00 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 0 0
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MIN 4 4
    NJD 6 6
    GOALIES: MIN - NIKLAS BACKSTROM
    NJD - MARTIN BRODEUR

    Mar 20 7:40 PM