Thursday, March 19, 2009

Martin Brodeur Breaks All Time Wins Record

Its rare that the Prudential Center is full for a New Jersey Devils game.

But you knew it would be full tonight.

As of a few short minutes ago, Martin Brodeur, with some key last second saves, has broken the all time NHL record for most wins in a career, with 552. Marty surpasses his idol, former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche cornerstone Patrick Roy.

On a side note, Patrik Elias broke a different record today with an assist on the game winning goal - it was his 702nd point with the New Jersey Devils, which makes is the franchise record.

To continue the record streak - this is the first time in franchise history that the Devils have won 10 straight home games.

Many thought the record would be set earlier, but unfortuantely for Brodeur, he had fairly severe injury at the beginning of the year, which is a rarity for Brodeur, who rarely gets hurt and is known for playing 70+ game seasons.

But he’s certainly come back to form, as he’s 8-1-0 since returning to an already solid New Jersey Devils roster (makes you wonder why their attendance is usually so low).

Quote from Commissioner Gary Bettman:

“Martin Brodeur is the gold standard of goaltending — the model of character, consistency and commitment to the craft,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. A champion. A winner above all.

“It is difficult to imagine any player who is more universally, and deservedly, respected. The National Hockey League is extremely proud of Martin, his historic achievement and his enduring contribution to our game.”

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