Devils’ Martin Brodeur sets career shutout record
Martin Brodeur broke the NHL record with his 104th career shutout, and maybe the only surprise was how easily it came against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brodeur needed to make only a few difficult saves while breaking Terry Sawchuk’s shutout record, further strengthening his case to be considered as the best goaltender to play the game, and the streaking New Jersey Devils had little trouble beating Pittsburgh, 4-0, on Monday.
Brodeur made 35 saves to break the shutout record two games after setting another NHL mark. He surpassed Patrick Roy’s record for regular-season appearances by a goaltender when he started his 1,030th game Friday, and Monday was his 1,032nd game in 16 seasons, all with the Devils.
“It’s great, but I wasn’t focusing on it,” said Brodeur, who is the all-time leader in wins with 580. “I’m definitely happy it’s passed and we can just go play, and I don’t have to answer the questions about it.”