Martin Brodeur is on the brink of setting an NHL record. At the
very least, he should be able to extend another one Wednesday night
when the New Jersey Devils host the NHL-worst Carolina
Brodeur tied Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk, who played from
1949-70, for the league record of 103 shutouts when he made 22
saves in a 3-0 win at Buffalo on Tuesday.
“It’s been a lot of years, and that’s what kind of catches my
eye more than anything,” said Brodeur, who made his NHL debut in
1992. “So it’s kind of surreal because (Sawchuk’s) not there to see
“It’s a big number. When I look back, and all the numbers of
other goalies, it’s mind-boggling a little bit. It’s a little bit
like what the win record was. But, especially with hockey changing
so much, it’s going to get harder and harder to get some.”
Brodeur will likely get a chance to take solo ownership of the
shutout record Wednesday, but he’d have to register consecutive
shutouts for a seventh time in his career and first since Oct.
Even if Brodeur is unable to set the record against lowly
Carolina (7-17-5), he has an ideal chance to extend his wins mark,
which has reached 575 behind his league-leading 18 victories this
“It’s pretty amazing … it’s hard enough to get 100 wins in
this league let alone 100 shutouts,” captain Jamie Langenbrunner
said. “Obviously it’s pretty special.”
Brodeur, who ranks among the league leaders with a 2.11
goals-against average, is also four appearances shy of tying
Patrick Roy for the NHL record for games played by a goalie
He climbed to within one of Sawchuk’s record Oct. 17, when he
made 26 stops in a 2-0 win over Carolina. It was his seventh
shutout against the Hurricanes franchise.
The Devils, winners of three in a row and six of seven, have won
four of the last five against the Hurricanes at Prudential Center.
New Jersey was eliminated in seven games by Carolina in the opening
round of last season’s playoffs.
The Hurricanes went on to reach the Eastern Conference finals
but haven’t carried any momentum into this season, owning the
fewest points in the league.
They’re looking for a season-high three-game winning streak
after scoring the first three goals of a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh
on Tuesday to snap a franchise-record 13-game road skid.
“It’s sad that it’s taken so long.” said left wing Ray Whitney,
who saw his goal at 2:26 of the second period hold up as the
winner. “It’s something to build on. Certainly we’re not sipping
champagne by any means, but it’s a starting point.”
Whitney has been key over the last two games, getting two goals
and three assists after registering two assists over the previous
eight. He leads the Hurricanes with eight goals and 20 points.
Carolina could have No. 1 goalie Cam Ward back Wednesday. He
missed the last 13 games after being cut on the leg by a skate at
Columbus on Nov. 7.