Martin Brodeur is on a hot streak and so are the New Jersey Devils.
The goaltender made 30 saves in Monday’s 2-2 tie with the Rangers at New York, extending his unbeaten streak to 12 games and the Devils’ unbeaten streak to a club-record 11.
“When you go undefeated for so many games it’s not only one guy’s shoulders, it’s a lot of guys who contribute,” Brodeur said. “What we thrive on in New Jersey is team play. We’ve got to keep playing the way we did this afternoon, skate, be physical and score on our opportunities.”
Brodeur’s record over the past 12 games is 8-0-4, while the Devils’ record in their last 11 is 6-0-5.
“Really I don’t think a lot about that,” Devil Coach Jacques Lemaire said. “I just want us to get as many points as possible and play the best we can.”
Wayne Gretzky’s goal-scoring drought reached 20 games, the longest of his career, but he assisted on both Rangers’ goals.
St. Louis 4, Chicago 2--Scott Pellerin had a goal and assist as the Blues ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak and dominance at Kiel Center by beating the Blackhawks at St. Louis.
The victory was the first for the Blues in five tries against Chicago. It was also the Blues’ first home victory over the Blackhawks since April 5, 1994.
Montreal 4, N.Y. Islanders 1--Mark Recchi and Valeri Bure scored late in the first period and Jose Theodore made 36 saves, leading the Canadiens over the Islanders at Uniondale, N.Y.
Brian Savage and Sebastien Bordeleau also scored for Montreal. Derek King had the only goal for the Islanders.
Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 3--Daymond Langkow scored with 25 seconds left in the third period, lifting the Lightning into a tie with the Red Wings at Tampa, Fla.
Shawn Burr wrestled a dump-in away from Detroit goaltender Mike Vernon and hit Langkow in front of the vacated net.