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Martin Brodeur sets NHL record for wins as a goaltender

He gets his 552 career victory, passing up his childhood idol Patrick Roy, as New Jersey Devils beat Chicago Blackhawks.

March 18, 2009|Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — With the final seconds ticking off the clock Tuesday night, Martin Brodeur saw the shot leave the stick of Chicago forward Troy Brouwer, kicked out his right pad and watched the puck head to the corner.

Within seconds, the buzzer sounded and the New Jersey Devils' Brodeur stood alone as the NHL's winningest goaltender with 552 career victories. Childhood idol and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy was now behind him.

"It was an exciting night," Brodeur said after making 30 saves in the Devils' 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. "I'm happy that it's done and over with. It's been chaotic."

The end was a fitting tribute for the 36-year-old Brodeur. He leaped into the air and pumped the right hand that held his stick in exclamation as a sellout crowd once again roared "Mart-tee, Mart-tee."

He was immediately surrounded by teammates in a celebration that seemed akin to winning the Stanley Cup. Instead of hoisting the trophy, Brodeur took out a pair of scissors and cut the net.

The win came in Brodeur's 987th game of a 15-year career played entirely with the Devils.

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