Martin Brodeur and His New Jersey Devils: No. 1 Overall

December 21st, 2009 by Jersey Leave a reply »

Tonight's game between the top two NHL teams was bumped off its regular local radio station thanks to a Giants-Redskins game. And so, on some random station, history was made.

Martin Brodeur made 35 spectacular saves and the Devils scored four goals en route to Marty's record-setting 104th shutout.

At the same time, the Devils defeated the Penguins, earning them control of first place in the NHL—with a few games in hand on Pittsburgh, to boot.

The Devils are putting up one of their best seasons ever, and Brodeur has been superb even at his advanced age. Despite a rash of injuries, the team is poised for another great postseason run. The perennially bashed team ("What a lousy offseason!" and "Everyone else got better!" can be heard every summer) continues to silence its critics, as it does every year.

No Brian Gionta? No John Madden? No problem. And the same has been said about Scotts Gomez and Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski. Some of these guys would certainly help, but the Devils have defied the odds every year, and this one is no exception. Somehow, this team is tops in the league.

But tonight was about Brodeur, a recor ...

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