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VIDEO: Devils’ Brodeur becomes NHL record holder for career goals against

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By Mike McMahon

On March 26, 1992, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur surrendered the first goal of his NHL career in the midst of a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

On Thursday night, 22 years and one day later, Brodeur has allowed more goals (2,757) than any netminder in NHL history after giving up a second-period tally to Chris Summer in the Devils’ 3-2 OT loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Passing Gilles Meloche and Grant Fuhr in the career GA department may not be the most prestigious of Brodeur’s many records, awards (including four Vezina Trophies), or accolades, but can console himself with being the NHL’s all-time wins leader (686). Given that he’s appeared in a record 1,256 games — 226 more than any other goaltender in NHL history — the red light record was inevitable.

Brodeur, 41, has spent his entire career with New Jersey after being picked in the first round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and to his credit, he’s also scored two regular season goals (plus another in the playoffs) and 44 career points.


  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Cory Schneider’s start for Devils to break Martin Brodeur’s 18-year streak

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    Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils will see his streak of opening night starts end

    Take a seat: Martin Brodeur says watching from the bench will help him get up to speed. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It may not rank among the game’s most significant records, but Martin Brodeur’s remarkable string of starting 18 consecutive season openers for the New Jersey Devils is a singular achievement that may never be matched.

    It was expected to stretch to 19 tomorrow night when the Devils meet the Pittsburgh Penguins, but in a surprise move, the team announced today that Brodeur will be relegated to the bench with Cory Schneider getting the nod.

    Schneider’s opening start will be the first by a goalie other than Brodeur since Chris Terreri led the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Lightning on Oct. 6, 1993.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoer told reporters he wanted to give Brodeur an extra day of rest after the passing of his father, Denis, last week.

    GALLERY: Denis Brodeur’s classic hockey photos

    Brodeur took the news well, telling The Bergen Record, “I haven’t seen much action in the preseason, so it’s kind of nice to be able to get a game day and get on the ice and be on the bench and look at the speed of different things. I think that’s going to help me out for my game.”


  • Published On Oct 02, 2013
  • World rejoice! Martin Brodeur wins EA Sports NHL 14 cover vote

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    By Allan Muir

    “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
    –a disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets fan

    Actually, those words were uttered by Thomas Jefferson, a well-known Devils supporter. And if Weezy’s husband was still with us today, he’d no doubt rejoice in the news that, through the practice of strict democratic principles, the people have voted Martin Brodeur as their choice of cover athlete for EA Sports’ highly anticipated NHL 14, justly sending co-finalist Sergei Bobrovsky back to the obscurity from whence he came.

    The very entertaining proof is above.

    “The support I’ve received throughout the cover vote campaign has been incredible,” Brodeur said in a canned statement. “My kids pushed me to participate in the campaign, and they are really excited to see their dad on the cover of the game they play all the time. I want to thank all the NHL fans who campaigned and voted for me.”

    No, Martin, we thank you for your courage and for the passionate campaigning that inspired a generation of gamers. This truly is, as someone somehow involved with this process said, “a momentous occasion.”

    The game, featuring Brodeur’s grand visage, will be released on … wait a minute … we have to wait another three months for the stinkin’ game now? Oh, fer cryin’ out loud…


  • Published On Jun 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Gary Bettman on Oprah? Yes, Please!; more links

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    Gary Bettman

    Is the Commissioner keeping things from us that we’d like to know? (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

     A simple yes or no question. The great Scott Feschuk imagines a world where the commish channels his inner Lance Armstrong and fesses up on Oprah’s couch. Also, free puppies!

     Something old, something new. True fact. More Minnesotans kept warm during the lockout by wearing a Wild sweater – Zach Parise or Ryan Suter – than by burning an effigy of Bettman. The Wild faithful finally get to see their pricey free agents don the togs tonight, along with rookies Mikael Granlund and Mat Dumba.

     Wishful thinking. The Sens start the season with three goalies and the belief that Ben Bishop could net a top-four defender in trade. Yeah, for a 26-year-old with a 7-8-3 career record.

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  • Published On Jan 19, 2013
  • Two Minutes for Booking: Holiday gifts

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    Gump Worsley

    To Red Light’s dismay, Gump Worsley only ranked 20th in the new edition of Without Fear: The Greatest Goalies of All Time, even though he won four Stanley Cups during his career. (Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    The holiday season is already upon us, which you no doubt noticed a couple of weeks ago. The question is: what do you buy a hockey fan during this sad December, this festival of darkness in NHL arenas with no peace on the CBA front and good will in short supply?

    You can’t buy tickets to games that are not being played. If you are of the mind that you’re not going to pay a penny to the owners or players as long as there’s a lockout (or even longer if you’re part of the Just Drop It movement), you’re not buying any NHL merch, either.

    How about a good book?

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  • Published On Dec 11, 2012
  • Will hockey’s heart survive the lockout?

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    Operation Hat Trick

    The spirited sell-out crowd at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall was treated to a worthy substitute for the recently cancelled NHL All-Star Game, with the proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief funds. (Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    Once upon a time, some hockey executive — it might have been Phil Esposito — plastered a motivational phrase on the wall in his team’s dressing room that read, “Turn Every Negative Into A Positive.” Well, things can’t be much more negative for the NHL than this ongoing, ridiculous lockout and nothing’s been more negative during the last few months than the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Yet a group of locked-out players turned both things into a positive on Saturday night in Atlantic City.

    To once again see Steven Stamkos slithering through defenses, Daniel Alfredsson making tape-to-tape passes through traffic, Martin Brodeur lofting the puck halfway down the ice, P.K. Subban dropping his shoulder and carrying the puck one-handed deep into the opponent’s zone, Simon Gagne breaking free from coverage, linemates Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry reading and reacting to each other’s moves, James Neal threatening to score every time he had the puck, and Kimmo Timonen making a perfect outlet pass felt like a reunion with an old friend.

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  • Published On Nov 26, 2012
  • Gotta give the Devils owner his due

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    New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek (center) has found a way to buy himself more time to wriggle out of his financial mess and find a way to keep the team competitive and its fans happy. (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    You’ve got to hand it to Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek. The man has the escape ability of Houdini. Although Tuesday’s deadline for him to pay his creditors $77 million has come and gone and he does not have all the money that he had agreed to pay them, it appears he’ll keep control of his team, get more time to refinance his club and seek new partners.

    Now, if you or I owe money to someone, chances are we don’t get to slide as easily. But you and I are not Jeff Vanderbeek and when you owe a massive amount of money, allowances are made. That’s one advantage of being wealthy, or at least understanding how to manage wealth, in our society. Those to whom Vanderbeek is indebted recognize that if they declared him in default and set the wheels in motion to force him into bankruptcy, they might end up with lots of pennies instead of lots of dollars. Giving him more time — as much as two more years according to reports — to either raise the needed funds or sell the team and pay off what he owes means that they stand a better chance of recovering their cash. We should all be so lucky.

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2012
  • Hasek and Huet eye return to NHL

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    Dominik Hasek wants to return to the NHL

    Once upon a time with the Buffalo Sabres, Dominik Hasek was the best goaltender on the planet, but not even he expects a return that multiple Vezina Trophy-winning form at the ripe old age of 47. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    Will goaltenders Dominik Hasek and Cristobal Huet actually return to the NHL and can they really play goal in the game’s best league despite their advancing years and seasons spent overseas? They think so.

    Hasek, the 47-year-old former all-world goalie who Ken Campbell of The Hockey News last month ranked as the top European born player of all time, and Huet, who will be 36 in September and was really a journeyman (albeit a well-paid one), have both sought to return to North America and are hoping some team will consider giving them a chance.

    We tend to think of the post-lockout NHL as a young man’s league, with many of its top stars achieving that status in their early 20s, if not as teenagers. And then you have to pause and consider the great seasons that some older players logged in 2011-12. Teemu Selanne had another productive season at 41 and is coming back for more. Ray Whitney at 39 had a terrific campaign with the Coyotes, earning a Second Team All-Star selection — and a new UFA contract with Dallas. Daniel Alfredsson, who will turn 40 in December, continues to lead the Senators as their top rightwinger.  Nick Lidstrom, who turned 41 in April, was in the discussion for the Norris Trophy in his final NHL season. And after a three-year absence from the NHL, 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr played well enough for the Flyers that the Stars gave him a UFA deal this summer.

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  • Published On Aug 09, 2012
  • NHL Free Agency: Who needs what – Eastern Conference

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    If corrnerstones Zach Parise (left) and Martin Brodeur leave, the Devils will be forced to remake their roster. (Travis Golby/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    The gun goes off at noon on Sunday for the start of NHL Free Agency and we’ll be here that morning to begin our live blog of the day’s action. Considering the high volume of rumors and conjecture this year, it could be one of the wilder July 1′s for hockey in a while.

    So here’s a quick look at what spots each team is seeking to fill going into the offseason, some of which they’ll try to address on the open market. We’ll do the Eastern Conference teams here. The Western Conference is here. To see the players available in free agency, go to TSN.ca.

    BRUINS —  With Tim Thomas sitting out next season and probably done as a Bruin, Boston may seek a more experienced backup goalie for Tuukka Rask than Anton Khudobin. With Benoit Pouliot traded, Nathan Horton’s health uncertain, and Marc Savard definItely out of the picture, Boston will likely look for depth at forward.

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  • Published On Jun 28, 2012
  • Devils’ money woes may torpedo team

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    By Stu Hackel

    In his perfect world, Zach Parise not only would never play for the rival Rangers, he would stay with the New Jersey Devils as the team continues its revival as an NHL power. But the world is far from perfect and the Devils’ financial situation is even less so. That’s why the team and its captain are on the clock, and that may force Parise to make a hard decision on his future.

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2012


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