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The Legend of Marty

Martin Brodeur shakes idol Patrick Roys hand after tying record for most wins.

Martin Brodeur shakes idol Patrick Roys hand after tying record for most wins.

Martin Brodeur recently became the??winningest goalie in NHL history, surpassing childhood idol Patrick Roy with Win No.552 making 30 stops in a 3-2 home triumph over the Blackhawks.

The 36 year-old Montreal, Quebec native tied Roy in his hometown making 22 saves in a 3-1 win over the Canadiens on Saturday, March 15 before a national Hockey Night In Canada audience. Over 21,000 at the Bell Centre cheered one of their heroes including proud father Denis Brodeur, who stayed to take pics of his youngest son as he had for the Canadiens and Expos while raising him. The night was particularly special for Marty, who will never forget the opposing fans chanting his name.

To look around and see the guys reacting, I finally did it, Brodeur said. The only one I knew where he was sitting was my dad. He had a pretty good seat.

When you do these kinds of things sometimes you dont have a chance to meet the person, an emotional Brodeur expressed of Roy being in attendance when he tied it. I got to know the guy, I played with him, I played against him, we had great battles, he took a Stanley Cup away from me; it showed a lot of class. I really appreciated it.

Im happy to be here tonight and see it happen, Roy pointed out. Nothing against Montreal. I know Montreal is in the middle of a big race but I think its a great moment in the game and Im sure Marty is very excited to see it happen in his hometown in front of his family.

Of the former Montreal idol who led the Canadiens to Cups in 1986 as a rookie and 1993, Brodeur noted:

He visited me at the hotel before I came over here and he wished me good luck. That was really nice of him.

You cant forget this one, Devil teammate Brian Rolston said after scoring the winner for his 300th career NHL goal. It was an exciting game for Marty obviously to come home and I was just happy that I was a part of it, too. You know, getting the game-winner on my 300th, I feel good about that and happy with the way were playing as a team.

When we scored the third goal, I thought, All right. This could be it, Brodeur said referring to New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunners insurance tally with 7:03 remaining.

Explained Langenbrunner:

Weve just got to applaud the crowd here tonight. Amazing, and what a show of respect.

When Brodeur was announced as the games 1st Star, veteran Canadien blueliner Patrice Brisebois, who garnered 2nd Star recognizing his 1,000th career game remained on the ice to congratulate the winning Devil netminder.

You know Martys a really good friend, and I wanted to go personally and congratulate him,?? Brisebois pointed out.He deserves that record, hes a great athlete and a great guy. Its awesome for him.

As the Legend of Marty grows, well keep track of how many victories he gets as well as how many shutouts. His 35-save shutout in a 4-0 home win over former coach Jacques Lemaires Wild on Friday, March 20 moved Brodeur within two of Terry Sawchuks once impossible record of 103. It was Brodeurs fifth shutout of the season despite only his 20th start missing the past three months with a torn bicep.

Fittingly enough on St. Patricks Day, March 17, MB30 broke Roys record to become the all-time winningest goalie in the sport, making 30 saves in an exciting 3-2 home win over the Blackhawks at The Rock.

It looked like it would be routine when his teammates gave him a 3-0 lead that was punctuated by Brian Giontas shorthanded goal late in the second. However, the pesky Hawks chipped away at a three-goal lead built by ZZ Popp members Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac. When Dustin Byfuglien scored with just over 2:00 left in the contest, Brodeur earned Win No.552 on an extra special night that saw Patrik Elias become the all-time Devils franchise scoring leader thanks to setting up Gionta for what proved to be the winner.

???It was an exciting night,??? an exuberant Brodeur explained after leaping in the air similar to when the only club hes played for won their third Cup in 2003. ???I???m happy that it???s done and over with. It???s been chaotic, the last few days. It was an awesome night. It was a great reception from the fans.???

???With 10 minutes left, I thought, ???All right, this is finally going to happen,?????? the future Hockey Hall Of Famer added. ???I was a clockwatcher, a little bit. When 2 minutes came and they scored, I said, ???I???ve got 2 more minutes to kill.??? It made it tough in the last few minutes, but we got it done.???

Following chants from a pumped up sellout crowd of Thank you Marty, Thank you Marty, Thank you Marty and the traditional Martys Better, Martys Better, Martys Better, the new record holder cut the net with a scissors to savor the monumental moment.

???It???s definitely harder than I thought,??? he quipped after winning No.552 in his 987th game of a brilliant 15-year career. ???These basketball players, it???s only a little net. This was a big net. I had help from a couple of my teammates.???

???This is one of those really special moments that doesn???t come along often,??? praised NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who was in the building for a memorable night. ???Maybe once in a lifetime, maybe once in two lifetimes.

???We witnessed some history here tonight, and the fans recognized that. This building was on edge, emotionally excited throughout.???

Teammate and future Hallbound Brendan Shanahan noticed prior to the game how different the atmosphere felt.

???Guys were commenting that is was like a Stanley Cup atmosphere there, you know the intensity, the excitement, the buzz in the arena,??? he pointed out. ???You felt it from the drop of the puck. You felt it in warmup.???

For Brodeur, wholl have nearly every goalie record including shutouts as he chases Terry Sawchuk, the man Lou Lamoriello actually traded down with Calgary (Trevor Kidd) to get in 1990 (20th overall) has done it all, winning three Stanley Cups, four Vezinas and delivering Olympic gold to hometown country Canada in Salt Lake (2002).

???He is a special goalie,??? Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville praised. ???You look at the consistency, the volumes of games he can play and his consistency in the net. They changed the rules because of the way he handled the puck. He???s amazing. Not many goalies have that style and he keeps getting better and better and better. At this stage of his career, he looks as good as ever.???

MB30 Chases Down Sawchuk: Theres a new shutout??King and his name is Martin Brodeur. On December 22, 2009, the 37 year-old franchise New Jersey Devil surpassed Terry Sawchuks 40-year old record by stopping all 35 shots in a 4-0 blanking against the rival Penguins at Mellon Arena.

After shutting out the Sabres two weeks prior on 12/7 at HSBC to tie Sawchuk with shutout No.103, MB30 broke another once thought unbreakable record- doing it in style by silencing dynamic duo Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin before a stunned Pens crowd. That it came in an Atlantic first place showdown was no surprise for a player thats risen to the occasion many times throughout his illustrious Hall Of Fame career. The 35 saves gave him elusive shutout No.104 in game 1,032 with all 16 seasons spent in the Garden State, helping turn the Devils into an elite franchise. It was also win No.580.

???This record was held for so long, when you do break records and see how long they lasted, it???s cool,??? a thrilled Brodeur noted of passing such a legend. ???Tying it was amazing and surpassing him, was a great honor for me to be in that position.???

Making it even more special was that Pens owner Mario Lemieux was in the house, sending him a congratulatory message on the big screen once the game concluded with classy Pittsburgh fans politely cheering his new record.

???It???s great, but I wasn???t focusing on it. I???m definitely happy it???s passed and we can just go play, and I don???t have to answer the questions about it.???

Surpassing a record definitely becomes a little nerve-racking. I don???t get nervous, but today I was a little nervous. It was a like a good playoff game, everybody was trying to get the puck out and blocking shots and definitely it was a great effort by my teammates for me to break it.???

For Brodeur, it was fitting to accomplish the remarkable feat against a rival where hed had recent success, taking a 16-4 record at the 48 year-old arena in his last 20 appearances in whats the final season at Mellon Arena.

???It???s great that we got it the way we did, in maybe our last game here,??? Brodeur said. ???It was a big game for us, so to get the shutout on top of it is great.???

It???s pretty incredible. The records are piling up,??? praised Crosby after nearly scoring with 90 seconds left before his shot rang off the post. ???He???s a legendary goalie and he proves it every year.???

Explained leading scorer Zach Parise who assisted twice in the big win of his goalie:

???When it got down to 10 minutes, five minutes, everybody???s thinking about it [the record]. We???re on the ice when a lot of these records are happening and it???s fun. ??? I don???t think much needs to be said. It???s all self-explanatory, all the winning he???s done, the shutouts, the [three Stanley] Cups. It???s unbelievable.???

As he continues to play, Martys Legend grows.

Martin Brodeur with the historic net from Win No.552

Martin Brodeur with the historic net from Win No.552

FOLLOWING MARTY

Date?????????????????????? Win No.???????? Opponent?????? Score???? Saves

*3/14/09?? 551?????????????????????? @ Canadiens 3-1?? ?? ?? 22

+3/17/09?? 552???????????????????? vs Blackhawks 3-2?? 30

3/20/09?????? 553?????????????????????? vs Wild?????????????????????? 4-0?????? 35

4/3/09 ?????????? 554 ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? vs Lightning?? 5-4 (OT) 7 in relief

4/4/09 ?? ?? ?? 555?????????????????????? @ Sabres ?? ?? ???? 3-2???????? 35

4/9/09???????????? 556?????????????????????? @ Senators?????? 3-2 (SO)?? 28

4/11/09???????? 557?????????????????????? vs Hurricanes?? 3-2 ?????????? 23

10/8/09???????? 558???????????????????????? @ Lightning???????? 4-3 (SO)?? 41

10/10/09???? 559???????????????????????? @ Panthers?????????? 3-2?????????????? 19

10/12/09?????? 560???????????????????????? @ Capitals?????????????? 3-2 (SO)?????? 31

10/17/09?????? 561?????????????????????????? vs Hurricanes 2-0???????????? 26

10/22/09?????? 562?????????????????????????? @ Rangers????????????????4-2???????????? 29

10/24/09?????? 563?????????????????????????? @ Penguins?????????? 4-1?????????????? 32

10/31/09???????? 564?????????????????????????? @ Lightning???????? 2-1 (SO)?? 18

11/4/09?????????????? 565?????????????????????????? vs Capitals?????????????? 3-2?????????????? 26

11/7/09?????????????? 566?????????????????????????? @ Senators???????????? 3-2?????????????? 19

11/11/09???????????? 567?????????????????????????? vs Ducks?????????????????????? 3-1?????????????? 31

11/12/09???????????? 568?????????????????????????? @ Penguins???????????? 4-1???????????? 25

11/14/09?????????????? 569?????????????????????????? vs Capitals?????????????? 5-2???????????? 27

11/25/09?????????????? 570?????????????????????????? vs Senators?????????? 3-1???????????? 24

11/27/09?????????????? 571?????????????????????????? @ Bruins?????????????????????? 2-1???????????? 32

11/28/09???????????????? 572?????????????????????????? vs Islanders???????? 6-1???????????? 22

12/4/09??????????????????????573???????????????????????????? vs Lightning???????? 3-2?????????? 22

12/5/09???????????????????? 574??????????????????????????????vs Red Wings?????? 4-3?????????? 28

12/7/09??????????????????????575??????????????????????????????@ Sabres?????????????????????? 3-0?????????? 22

12/9/09?????????????????????? 576??????????????????????????????vs Hurricanes??????4-2????????????21

12/12/09?????????????????? 577???????????????????????????? vs Flyers?????????????????????? 4-1?????????? 22

12/16/09?????????????????? 578????????????????????????????????vs??Canadiens????????2-1??????????17

12/18/09?????????????????? 579????????????????????????????????vs Senators???????????? 4-2?????????? 27

12/21/09?????????????????? 580????????????????????????????????????@ Penguins?????????? 4-0?????????? 35

12/28/09?????????????????? 581????????????????????????????????????vs Thrashers?????? 3-2?????????? 24

12/30/09?????????????????? 582????????????????????????????????????vs Penguins?????????? 2-0????????????32

1/3/10????????????????????????????????583???????????????????????????????????? @ Wild??????????????????????????????5-3???????????? 29

1/5/10???????????????????????????????? 584???????????????????????????????????? vs Stars???????????????????????? 4-0???????????? 28

1/9/10??????????????????????????????????585??????????????????????????????????????@ Canadiens??????2-1????????????????29

1/12/10??????????????????????????????586??????????????????????????????????????@ Rangers???????????? 1-0?????????????? 51

1/20/10???????????????????????????? 587????????????????????????????????????????vs Panthers???????? 2-0?????????? 22??

1/23/10?????????????????????????????? 588?????????????????????????????????????? @ Islanders?????? 4-2???????????? 20

1/29/10???????????????????????????????? 589????????????????????????????????????????vs Maple Leafs 5-4?????? 25

2/5/10?????????????????????????????????????? 590?????????????????????????????????????? vs Maple Leafs 4-3?????? 17

2/12/10?????????????????????????????????? 591?????????????????????????????????????? vs Predators???????? 5-2?????? 19

3/2/10???????????????????????????????????????? 592?????????????????????????????????????? @ Sharks?????????????????????? 4-3?????? 17

3/10/10???????????????????????????????????? 593?????????????????????????????????????? vs Rangers???????????????? 6-3?????? 16

3/12/10?????????????????????????????????????? 594????????????????????????????????????????vs Penguins???????????? 3-1??????????34

3/15/10???????????????????????????????????????? 595?????????????????????????????????????? vs Bruins?????????????????????? 3-2???????? 34

3/17/10??????????????????????????????????????????596?????????????????????????????????????? vs Penguins???????????? 5-2???????? 24

3/23/10??????????????????????????????????????????597???????????????????????????????????????? vs Blue Jackets 6-3????????19

3/27/10???????????????????????????????????????? 598??????????????????????????????????????????@ Canadiens??????????4-2???????? 25

4/3/10????????????????????????????????????????????????599???????????????????????????????????????? @ Hurricanes??????4-0??????????26

4/6/10?????????????????????????????????????????????? 600???????????????????????????????????????? @ Thrashers??3-0???????? 19

4/10/10?????????????????????????????????????????? 601?????????????????????????????????????????? vs Islanders???????? 7-1??????????18

4/11/10??????????????????????????????????????????????602?????????????????????????????????????????? vs Sabres?????????????????? 2-1?????????? 22

*Tied Roys record

+Broke record

CHASING SAWCHUK

Date?? Shutout No.?? Opponent?? Saves

10/18/08?????????????? 97???? @ Atlanta?? 25

10/22/08 ?? ?? ???? 98?? vs Dallas ?? ???? 21

2/26/09 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 99?? vs Colorado?? 24

3/1/09 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 100 vs Philadelphia?? 27

3/20/09 ?? ?? ?? ?????? 101?? vs Minnesota?? 35

10/17/09???????????????? 102?? vs Carolina???????? 26

12/7/09?????????????????????? 103 @ Buffalo???????????????? 22

12/21/09????????????????????104 @ Pittsburgh????35

12/30/09??????????????????105????vs Pittsburgh?????????? 32

1/5/10??????????????????????????????106????vs Dallas??????????????????????????????28

1/12/10???????????????????????? 107 @ Rangers?????????????????????? 51*

1/20/10????????????????????????108?? vs Florida???????????????????????? 22

4/3/10???????????????????????????? 109 @ Carolina?????????????????????? 26

4/6/10???????????????????????????? 110 @ Atlanta???????????????????????????? 19

*Career high in classic double shutout with MB30 prevailing over Lundqvist in shootout

ALL-TIME SHUTOUT LEADERS REG. SEASON

Player ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? SHO?????? Team(s) ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?????????????????????????????????????????? Years

Martin Brodeur 110?????? NJ Devils ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 91-92 Present

Terry Sawchuk ?? ???? 103 ?? ???? Det, Bos, Tor, LA, NYR ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 49-50 69-70

*George Hainsworth 94?? Mtl, Tor ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 26-27 36-37

Glenn Hall ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 84 ?? Det, Chi, Stl ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 52-53 70-71

Jacques Plante ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 82 ?? Mtl, NYR, Stl, Tor, Bos ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 52-53 72-73

+Dominik Hasek ?? ?? ???? 81 ?? Chi, Buf, Det, Ott ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 90-91 07-08

&Alec Connell ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 81 ?? Ott, Det, NY, Mon ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 24-25 36-37

Tiny Thompson ?? ?? ?? ???? 81?? Bos, Det ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 28-29 39-40

Ed Belfour ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 76?? Chi, SJ, Dal, Tor, Fla ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?????? 88-89 06-07

Tony Esposito ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 76?? Mtl, Chi?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 68-69 83-84

*Single season record 22 in 1928-29

+Drafted by Chicago in 1983 10th Round 199th Overall

&Played for Detroit Falcons, NY Americans and Montreal Maroons

Note: Esposito and Belfour both won the Calder and Vezina as Blackhawks in rookie seasons. Espositos 15 SHO are a rookie record.

MOST PLAYOFF GAMES BY A GOALIE

Player ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? No. ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Team(s)

Patrick Roy ?? ???? 247 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Mtl/Col

Martin Brodeur 181???????? NJD

Ed Belfour ?? ?? ?? ???? 161 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? Chi/Dal/Tor

MOST CAREER PLAYOFF WINS

Player ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? No. ?? ???? Team(s)

Patrick Roy ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 151 ?? ???? Mtl/Col

Martin Brodeur?? 99???????????????? NJD

Grant Fuhr ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 92 ?? ?? ?????? Edm/Buf/Stl

Billy Smith 88 ?? ?? ?? ?? NYI

Ed Belfour ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 88 ?? ?? ?? ?? Chi/Dal/Tor

MOST CAREER PLAYOFF SHUTOUTS

Player ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? No. ???? Team(s)

Martin Brodeur 23 ?? ?? NJD

Patrick Roy ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ???? 23 ?? ???? Mtl/Col

Curtis Joseph ?? ?? ?? ???? 16 ?? ???? Stl/Edm/Tor

MOST SHUTOUTS ONE POSTSEASON

Player ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?????? Year ?? ?? ?? No. ?? ?? ?? GP?? ?? Team

Martin Brodeur 2003 ?? ???? 7 ?? ?? ?? ???? 24???????? NJD+

Dominik Hasek ?? ?? ???? 2002?????????? 6 ?? ?? ?? ???? 23 ?? ???? Det+

J.S. Giguere ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?????? 2003 ?????? 5 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 21 ?? ?? Ana*

Nikolai Khabibulin 2004 ?????? 5 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? 23 ?? ?? TB+

Miikka Kiprusoff ?? ???? 2004 ?? ?? 5 ?? ?? ?? ?????? 26 ?? ?? Cgy

+Team won Stanley Cup

*Won Conn Smythe in defeat

Note: Kiprusoff and Flames lost to Khabibulin and Lightning in 7 games

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