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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.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, T
he door to the visiting room remained closed for about 10 minutes following the Devils’ 7-3 loss to the Islanders this afternoon as head coach Brent Sutter ripped into his players for their lack of effort against the league’s last-place team.
“This team we played tonight worked hard again and we weren’t ready to match that work ethic,” a clearly upset Sutter said afterward. “Our compete level tonight, it’s hard to play this game when you’re not physically involved. Outside of maybe a couple of guys, we weren’t involved like we needed to be. When you get seven goals scored against you, it tells you something, especially with a team that takes pride in playing well without the puck. That’s tells you where your mindsets were and it’s disappointing. They should be embarrassed because they got embarrassed by a bunch of young players that play hard and compete.”
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
It’s only a slight exaggeration that Martin Brodeur’s comeback has been his career in a nutshell.
Hockey is watching, and everyone else around here should be, too. It’s just not that often we have the “greatest ever” (even if only arguably) on display, night after night, right where we live.
Babe Ruth? Not quite that old. Julius Erving? Hmm, maybe not. Wayne Gretzky? Not his heyday. Niatross? OK, horses don’t count.
It’s 15 seasons now, which means it mostly is behind us, and it’s time to appreciate it while he’s still at the top of his powers.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
One of the more interesting races to monitor between now and the end of the season is the Devils’ pursuit of the Bruins for top spot in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the first three rounds, which could be critical since Boston has only four home losses in regulation this season and Washington just six.
Parise’s emergence, and Patrick Elias’s return to form, has changed the Devils’ identity slightly this year – eight forwards have a chance to crack the 20-goal barrier this season and that doesn’t include Brendan Shanahan, who has four in his first 15 games since returning to the team as an unrestricted free agent.
If the Devils have a perceived shortcoming, it is the lack of offence from the blue line, although of late, Johnny Oduya, a free-agent signing back in the summer of 2006, has been quite effective in that role.
read on and many more topics including Eric’s return to NYC.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello said before Tuesday night’s game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre that he will try to trade goalie Scott Clemmensen before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Clemmensen, who won 25 games for the Devils this season, is in Lowell (AHL) since Martin Brodeur’s return.
“We gave Scott Clemmensen our word we’d do whatever is possible,” Lamoriello said. “We said all along if something came about, we’d do it. Saying that, you just don’t give a player away.”
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