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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Martin Brodeur stands alone.
The New Jersey Devils’ standout goalie earned his 552nd victory, the most wins ever by an NHL goalie, Tuesday night at Prudential Center, besting the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 before a raucous crowd that chanted “Marty, Marty” and “Marty’s better” throughout the game.
After the game, Brodeur, with a little help from his teammates, cut the net away from the posts. Probably will make a very nice keepsake.
It’s a beautiful spring day here in Newark. Temperatures are likely in the high 50s and there was no need for anything stronger than a sport coat on the three-block walk to Scully’s for lunch. On the way back, right around 3 p.m., we saw close to 100 fans waiting outside the box office, hoping to snatch up the $10 day-of-game tickets put on sale before every home game.
It was cool to see that level of excitement and passion and just further stoked the fires for what hopefully will be a historic night.
more and NHL.com will be blogging for the rest of the night at the same link, just in case you want to check in throughout the evening.
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
To Boston Bruin goaltender Manny Fernandez, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur’s breaking of Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record — which could occur Tuesday night against Chicago or any time over the next week or so now that Brodeur tied the record Saturday — is about more than just replacing the name of one great goaltender with another on the top of a list.
Fernandez thinks it’ll help Brodeur get his full due.
“He seemed to be a little bit in (Roy’s) shadow. And now he’s come around, he’s actually beating some of his records, people are starting to notice him a little more and talk about him,” Fernandez recently told TheBruinsBlog.net. “He’s a great goalie. He was born to play that sport; you can see that. He’s a guy that doesn’t get overstressed. He could be playing in a Game 7 and still look like it’s practice. That’s what you need.”
via Puck The Media,
NHL Live on NHL Network/XM Sirius just announced that NHL Network will follow Marty as long as it takes to get the record, which means that NHL Network will be airing Tuesday’s Devils-Blackhawks game, with a blackout in the New Jersey/New York metro and Chicagoland areas.
from the CP via TSN,
Martin Brodeur dominated Patrick Roy’s former team to draw even with the Hall of Fame netminder atop the career wins list.
Brodeur stopped 21 shots to tie Roy with his 551st career regular-season victory as the New Jersey Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night.
Facing the team he idolized as a child, Brodeur was nearly perfect, allowing only Tomas Plekanec’s goal at 12:29 of the first period.
With Roy in attendance, Brodeur held Montreal scoreless the rest of the way for his seventh win in eight games since returning from a serious elbow injury. Brodeur was given a standing ovation by the Montreal fans at the end of the game.
The four-time Vezina Trophy winner will have a chance to break the record Tuesday when the Devils entertain the Chicago Blackhawks.
added 10:56pm, Shauna Denis of MontrealCanadiens.com has some post-game quotes from some of the Devils.
added 11:04pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice has quotes from the victorious Brodeur.
added 11:10pm, Watch video below of the last 30 seconds and post-game congratulations.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has been ‘shadowing’ Martin Brodeur the last few days….
Martin Brodeur met the bi-lingual media this morning. Click here for a portion of the transcript.
One of the funniest things of the morning happened just as Brodeur was arriving at the rink. As he walked past the press conference room he saw his father, Denis Sr., doing a radio interview. I was standing in front of the door to the press conference room chatting with Denis Jr. As Martin walked past he said in French (Denis Jr. translated it to me), “Hey dad, you playing tonight?” Denis Sr. didn’t hear him, but Denis Jr. did and he started laughing.
Martin then turned back around and said, “I don’t know, he doesn’t look too focused.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Let the build-up of the hype begin.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will head to his hometown of Montreal with a chance to tie Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record Saturday night against the Canadiens.
Brodeur notched his 550th career win in tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Prudential Center.
“There’s something to be excited about now,” Brodeur said afterward. “We’ve talked about it before it was kind of hard. We had to win this game to make this a possibility on Saturday so definitely I’m happy that we won today and I’m happy that I have a chance to tie him up in Montreal. I think it just adds up to the story. You can’t ask for a better script to a certain extent. It will be interesting.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I was reluctant to ask Devils coach Brent Sutter about it again, but after the story in the National Post in Canada made it seem like he might be leaning toward leaving the Devils after this season, I brought it up to him again after today’s morning skate.
“That’s not the case,” Sutter said when I asked him if some people’s perception that he might be leaving was true. “I evaluate my situation at the end of each year and I always have. People have asked me, ‘Is it hard being away from the hockey team (the Red Deer Rebels)? Is it hard being away from my family?’ Yeah, it is. But it was hard last year and if I stay it will be hard next year. What I said is I’m going to re-evaluate at the end of the year, which I did last year and which I’ve done since 1999. That’s how I approach it.
“I coach year to year and then evaluate my situation on the coaching side of it and evaluate my situation on the family side of it and decisions will be made at that point. Until then, there’s nothing to talk about.”
from Dave Tomasino of the NY Post,
The Devils are knocking on the door of history. That door could open tonight versus the Coyotes, when the Devils seek to win their ninth straight home game for the first time in club history.
Should they do so with Martin Brodeur in goal, the goalie will pull to within one victory of Patrick Roy’s all-time record of 551 and have a chance to tie the mark Saturday in Montreal, which is Brodeur’s hometown and the city in which Roy built his legacy.
Brodeur also is closing in on Terry Sawchuk’s record of 103 career shutouts. Brodeur has 100, including two in six starts since returning from elbow surgery. The Devils have won five of those starts.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,
Brent Sutter sounds every bit the part of a frustrated Alberta rancher lost in an urban jungle.
Homesick? You bet.
Thinking of walking away from his job as head coach of the New Jersey Devils to move back to his farm and family?
“The hockey side ... that part’s been fun,” the New Jersey Devils head coach said in his office on the west side of the Hudson River, across from the madness that is Manhattan.
“It’s the other things. Between the ranch back home and the junior team, the [Western Hockey League’s] Red Deer Rebels, being away from all that hasn’t been the easiest thing for me.”
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