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Nothing to do but tap your stick to Marty.
Martin Brodeur posted his 104th career shutout in tonight’s 4-0 blanking of the Penguins at the Igloo, breaking the previous NHL record of 103 by Terry Sawchuk. Ironically, Sawchuk got his 103rd and final shutout against the Penguins as well, in 1970.
Brodeur stopped all 35 Penguins shots and frankly wasn’t threatened much at all. The only close calls for Brodeur tonight came in the final two minutes of the game, once on a wrister by Sidney Crosby that rang off the post, and a point-blank save on Evgeni Malkin in the final seconds.
For as great as Marty Brodeur has been in his NHL career, the Pittsburgh Penguins have chased him more times than any other team.
Tonight at the Igloo could have easily been the latest occasion, probably should have, but instead the veteran Brodeur played out the string, giving up six goals in a 6-1 pummelling at the hands of the red-hot Penguins.
The win gave the Pens a 6-1-1 homestand, gives the Penguins 92 points and ties them with the Flyers for 4th in the East (Philly still has one game in hand). They are now 15-2-3 under IHCDB.
Conversely, the Devils have now lost six in a row.
One might say that the Penguins really didn’t deserve two points if they ended up winning tonight’s game vs. the Devils. After all, the Devils controlled the vast majority of the game, combined with the fact that the Penguins only got 16 shots on goal.
But that said, the Penguins still found themselves with a two-goal lead with only a little more than eight minutes to go in the ballgame.
Until Petr Sykora took a hooking penalty at the 11:55 mark, with an extra two minutes for mouthing off for good measure. That’s when it all when downhill for the Pens.
The Devils scored twice in that last 8:05, including a lucky bounce of the puck off the skate of Ryan Whitney from Jamie Langenbrunner and into the net with only 31 seconds left, then got an overtime goal by Langenbrunner with one minute left in OT to propel them to a 4-3 comeback win over the Penguins.
When we last saw the Devils, it was one of those completely frustrating games that often occurs when playing them.
Well, tonight it was the Devils’ turn to feel that frustration, as they were stoned by Marc-Andre Fleury 37 times and missed some wide open nets as the Penguins blanked the Devils 1-0 for a much, much needed win.
Ruslan Fedotenko’s second period goal that squirted between the body of Devils’ goalie Scott Clemmensen was the only tally of the game.
Penguins at Devils, 7PM ET, Prudential Center
Penguins, 18-12-4, 40 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Devils, 19-10-3, 41 pts, 6th in Eastern Conference
This reminded me of one of those Pens/Devils games of the past.
Pretty much frustrating all game long. Not getting the bounces, not getting the calls, hitting posts galore, yadda, yadda, yadda.
That was certainly the case tonight, where the Penguins lost their 3rd straight game tonight in a 4-1 loss to the Devils in a sparse Prudential Center.
Penguins at Devils, 7:00 PM ET, Prudential Center
Penguins, 15-8-4, 34 pts., 5th in Eastern Conference
Devils, 14-8-2, 30 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
In some respects, it was the ultimate compliment to John Madden.
With Madden, one of the best defensive and underrated forwards in the NHL out of the lineup, Sidney Crosby took full advantage, scoring his second career hat trick and propelling the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Devils at the Igloo.
It was the second hat trick in three games for the Pens, who also got a hat trick from Evgeni Malkin on Wednesday versus the Islanders.
Malkin and Crosby are now alone at #1 and #2 in the NHL scoring lead, with 39 and 34 points, respectively.
Devils at Penguins, 7:30pm ET, Mellon Arena
Devils, 12-7-2, 26 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 13-6-3, 29 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference