Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Brodeur Now Best Ever! 552 Career Wins!
Martin Brodeur is now number one.
The future Hall of Fame goalie for the New Jersey Devils is officially the greatest goal tender of all time.
With a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on St. Patrick's Day night, Brodeur secured his 552 career victory, putting him ahead of Patrick Roy on the all time NHL wins list for goalies.
"After about a minute, they let him stand alone in front of the net and accept the cheers of the crowd. Brodeur then started to cut the net from the crossbar, only to stop and take a victory lap around the ice, high-fiving his coaches as he passed the bench.
While the crowd roared, teammates finished the job of taking the net down. Brodeur eventually took it and skated to the bench for an interview." (Tom Canavan, AP Sports).
“Martin Brodeur is the gold standard of goal tending—the model of character, consistency and commitment to the craft,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a prepared statement. “A champion. A winner above all."
As for the game, the Devils wasted no time in making this night a night to remember for Brodeur. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the opening goal 0:38 seconds into the game. Later, Travis Zajac scored his 20th goal to make it 2-0.
Brian Gionta scored what would become the game-winning goal with a shorthanded score to make it 3-0, early in the second period.
Chicago got a couple of goals late to make the contest interesting again, but it was not enough. Brodeur had 30 saves on the night in 32 attempts on goal.
Brodeur's next milestone will be most shutouts. He is at 100 and needs three more to tie Terry Sawchuk for the all time mark.
The Devils are now 46-20-3. BOXSCORE.