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Brodeur, Devils Keep Surging

January 16, 2006|From the Associated Press

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur picked an appropriate place to record a milestone win.

Brodeur earned his 423rd win in the Devils' 3-2 victory over Chicago on Sunday night, tying him for fifth place on the NHL's all-time list with Blackhawk legend Tony Esposito.

Brodeur stopped 29 shots through overtime, then three of four Blackhawks in the shootout, to lead New Jersey to its season-high sixth straight win.

Brodeur said he was unaware of the milestone until afterward.

"Lou [General Manager and Coach Lou Lamoriello] just told me that," Brodeur said. "It's moving up, it's kind of nice. That means we're winning hockey games if I'm able to move up in that category."

New Jersey's Patrik Elias and Viktor Kozlov scored against Chicago's Adam Munro in a shootout that required four shooters.

Carolina 4, St. Louis 2 -- Eric Staal had three goals for his second career hat trick, and the Hurricanes won their seventh in a row and improved the NHL's best home record to 20-4-1. St. Louis lost its sixth in a row.

Nashville 5, Pittsburgh 4 -- Scott Walker scored his first two goals since returning from abdominal surgery that kept him out of 33 games in a victory at Nashville. The Penguins, who scored more than one goal for the first time in four games, lost their sixth in a row.

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