by David Pavlak on 03/16/12 at 01:52 PM ET
If anyone caught the Devils game last night, you witnessed an old-school goaltender duel between Martin Brodeur and Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche. Both goalies pitched shutouts for the game, and the 0-0 battle would need to be decided in a shoot out. Brodeur made 27 saves while Giguere finished with 33. Both goalies made numerous stops and big saves to give their team a chance at victory. Both the Devils and Avs had a few key scoring chances that would of swing the decision in their favor, but the goalies prevailed between the pipes.
In the shoot out, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise both scored to propel the Devils to the victory. Brodeur gave Kovalchuk some advice prior to him taking the first shot.
“I was never really good in shootouts and last year, I was struggling,” Kovalchuk said to Mike Morreale of NHL.com. “This year, I talked to Marty and he actually told me a couple of secrets being a goalie. He told me what dangles I should take to get more options, and it’s working for sure.”
“That ‘03 series went through my mind a little bit,” Brodeur said. “We had good battles in that series and definitely under different circumstances. But it was a fun game (on Thursday). We both had to make good saves at critical times.”
With the season wrapping up soon, the Devils currently sit sixth in the eastern conference. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Devils would be taking on the Florida Panthers. The two teams have met four times and have split the series 2-2.
Kovy breaks NHL record:
With the shoot out decision last night, Kovalchuk set the NHL single-season record with his seventh shoot out winner.
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