Devils' Brodeur sets record for wins by goalie

(AP) - Martin Brodeur posted his 552nd winand passed childhood idol and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for themost career victories by a goalie in NHL history on Tuesday. He made 30 saves in the New Jersey

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2009, 8:56 AM

Updated 5,604 days ago

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(AP) - Martin Brodeur posted his 552nd winand passed childhood idol and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for themost career victories by a goalie in NHL history on Tuesday. He made 30 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 victory over theChicago Blackhawks. The victory came in Brodeur's 987th game of a 15-year careerplayed entirely with the Devils. During that tenure, the likable Brodeur has led the Devils tothree Stanley Cup titles and won the Vezina Trophy four times asthe league's top goalie. Now he holds the wins record, and others could soon fall. He iswithin four shutouts of passing Terry Sawchuk (103) for the leaguerecord, and at 36 he has a chance to push his win total well beyond600. "If this continues being fun, I'll stick around for a longtime," Brodeur said during an on-ice interview after the game. Brodeur secured the victory with a pad save against Troy Brouwerin the waning seconds and then jumped in the air, pulling his kneeto his chest after the final buzzer. He pumped his right arm andstick and then was mobbed by teammates. After about a minute, they let him stand alone in front of thenet and accept the cheers of the home crowd. Brodeur then startedto cut the net from the crossbar, only to stop and take a victorylap around the ice, high-fiving his coaches as he passed the bench. While the crowd roared, teammates finished the job of taking thenet down. Brodeur eventually took it and skated to the bench for aninterview. As he spoke, a deafening roar of "Mart-tee, Mart-tee" filledthe arena. Brodeur tied Roy's mark in an emotional setting, his hometown ofMontreal on Saturday with Roy in attendance. With family in the crowd in Newark, Brodeur took the ice infront of a full house that cheered him from the warmup to the finalbuzzer, mostly with the echoing chant of "Mart-tee, Mart-tee,Mart-tee." Those cheers turned to "Thank you, Marty" as the clock tickeddown, and "Marty's Better," once the record was his. "Martin Brodeur is the gold standard of goaltending - the modelof character, consistency and commitment to the craft," NHLcommissioner Gary Bettman said in a prepared statement. "Achampion. A winner above all. "It is difficult to imagine any player who is more universally,and deservedly, respected. The National Hockey League is extremelyproud of Martin, his historic achievement and his enduringcontribution to our game." The Devils took the pressure off Brodeur early with two goalsagainst Nikolai Khabibulin in the opening 6:01 in extending theirrecord for home wins to 10. After that it was up to Brodeur to protect the lead and helooked extraordinarily focused in winning for the eighth time innine games since returning from elbow surgery late in February. Roy earned his 551 wins in 1,029 games with Montreal andColorado until his retirement in 2003.


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