Raleigh, N.C. - The New Jersey Devils had a lethal weapon on their side that was missing for the last month, Martin Brodeur>.
The presence of Brodeur in net sparked the Devils after saving a barrage of shots in the opening minutes of the game, but stole the momentum as he opened the scoring in an abnormal play.
At 3:54 into the first period, the Devils were on a power play and a delayed penalty was called on Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky, Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal could not connect a pass that banked off of the boards and slid down into their own net. Although he physically did not shoot the puck, Brodeur was the last Devil to touch it before Staal put it in his own net, and in result was awarded with a power play goal.
The goal was Brodeur’s third of his career and the second that he did not actually shoot in. His other two came in the 1997 playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Continental Airlines Arena. The second was in 2000 when the Philadelphia Flyers put a puck in their own net and the goal was awarded to Brodeur.
Fun Fact: Brodeur now is tied in goals with Devils forward Cam Janssen.
After the odd play, the game went scoreless until more than halfway into the second when Adam Henrique extended the lead on a rebound from an Adam Larsson shot from the point. Only 46 seconds later, Peter Harrold scored his second of the year on a backhand right past Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis.
Brodeur lost his shutout bid 11:27 into the third period on a rocket slap shot from Jeff Skinner. However, the goal was not enough to catch up to the Devils.
Andrei Loktionov gave the Devils some insurance on the power play. It was his first game back since missing two games due to an undisclosed injury.
With the win, the Devils moved back in front of the New York Rangers, who lost today, in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. The Devils improved to 14-11-6 on the season. It was Brodeur’s ninth win of the year.
Brodeur set a new record tonight, most goals by a goaltender. He was previously tied with Ron Hextall at two, but now is in the lead with three.
The Devils take the ice next on Saturday, in New Jersey, against the Florida Panthers.