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Brodeur Ties Roy’s Win Record

Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night to tie the goaltender win record of 551 set by former Hab Patrick Roy. Despite his long tenure with the Devils Brodeur is from Montreal and has always been well-loved by the fans there, receiving a minutes-long standing ovation following the game.

Patrick Roy was in attendance and offered his congratulations to Brodeur both before and after the game. Win 552 and a brand new NHL record can come as early as Tuesday night when New Jersey faces Chicago at home.

Good luck Marty, and congratulations!

Game 69: Devils 3 – Canadiens 1

Marty BrodeurThe Habs came out to the Bell Centre for another lazy skate on Saturday night against a Devils team that came to play and the resulting three hours saw Jaroslav Halak stop 45 of 48 shots for yet another Montreal loss. The Canadiens managed just 23 shots on Marty Brodeur who tied Patrick Roy’s goaltender win record of 551 in front of his native crowd and Saint Patrick himself. The Bell Centre boo birds gave the Habs an ugly exit and then proceeded to give Marty a standing ovation for several minutes, showing the class of the fans and the sad state of their hockey team at the same time.

Other games over the weekend saw many of the teams lapping at our heels gain at least a point, including the Penguins who knocked us down to 6th place in the conference. We had better hope that this 40+ shots agaisnt trend stops sometime soon or we won’t even see the first round.

Devils 4 – Canadiens 1

new-jersey-devils-150Our five game unbeaten streak and three game winning streak against the Devils on the road both came to a crashing halt tonight in Brick City. With Koivu, Tanguay and Price all out of the lineup the Habs made a big move, bringing Max Pacioretty, Kyle Chipchura, Yannick Webber and goalie Marc Denis up from Hamilton.

The third and fourth lines played a good amount of the game and our lone goal came from Pacioretty, his first in the NHL. It was a very nice wrist shot as he flew down the wing, a pretty one.

The real story (beyond the general dozing of most of the team) was Jaroslav Halak. For the first two periods he looked terrible, losing track of the puck in front of the net or on a rebound, flopping around in panic and looking generally slow. With Price out Halak would have gotten the start despite a minor flu or something similar, a potential explanation for the poor showing. Marc Denis started the third period, allowing one goal and looking decent.

Carey Price was out due to a continued aggravation in his previous lower body injury. The Habs listed him as day-to-day and I would guess that he’ll be back in net when we host the Panthers on Sunday.

Canadiens 4 – Devils 0

Carey Price made 38 saves and the Habs got goals from Brian Smolinski, Saku Koivu, Maxim Lapierre and Michael Ryder as they took down Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils 4-0 to take back first place in the Eastern Conference.

The win gave the Canadiens the upper hand in their season series with the Devils, the first time that has happened since the 1993-93 season – the last season that Montreal took the Cup home. The shutout was the second of the season for Price and he is a solid 5-2 since taking over the number one spot with Cristobal Huet being traded to the Washington Capitals.

The Habs play host to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday as they continue their battle for first place in not only the Northeast Division but the entire Eastern Conference.

Canadiens 2 – Devils 1

Carey Price made 32 saves and Andrei Kostitsyn netted the winner in this battle of the titans, giving the Habs first place positioning in the East with the Devils, Penguins and Senators close behind. I’m a couple days late with this recap so I’ll spare everyone the details they’ve already heard a hundred times!

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