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Brodeur ties Roy's career win record

MARTIN Brodeur tied Patrick Roy for the most National Hockey League career victories when he made 22 saves to help the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 away victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Patrik Elias scored a goal and had an assist to lead the Devils to their third successive win, and 551st of Brodeur's career.

"I feel great, I'm happy that it's over with," Brodeur said. "The last couple of days, especially coming into Montreal, was hectic with press conferences and a lot of people and family around."

Roy, who ended his Hall of Fame career in 2003 with the Colorado Avalanche after playing with the Canadiens for more than a decade, was in attendance and met Brodeur earlier.

Brodeur missed nearly four months after elbow surgery earlier this season but since returning on February 26 has posted a 7-1-0 record and helped the Devils into second place in the Eastern Conference.

The 36-year-old Brodeur improved his record to 13-3-2 this season and can break Roy's record tomorrow against the Chicago Blackhawks. "Hockey is all about winning," Brodeur said.

"When you're the one with the most wins, right now I share it with Patrick, it says a lot about your career and says a lot about the organization you're playing for."

Brodeur is just three shutouts away from tying Terry Sawchuk's career shutout record of 103.

Elsewhere in the NHL, it was: Bruins 2, Islanders 1; Flyers 4, Rangers 2; Red Wings 5, Blues 2; Senators 4, Penguins 3 (in a shootout); Thrashers 4, Sabres 3 (in SO); Maple Leafs 8, Flames 6; Capitals 5, Hurricanes 4 (in SO); Lightning 4, Panthers 3 (in SO); Stars 3, Wild 2 (in overtime); Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 (in OT); Predators 2, Coyotes 0; and Sharks 2, Kings 1 (in SO).

In Montreal, Elias and Brian Rolston scored first-period goals for the Devils, while Jamie Langenbrunner added their final goal at 12:57 of the third period.

Montreal's Tomas Plekanec's scored the home side's goal midway through the first period.

The soldout crowd of 21,273 gave Brodeur a lengthy standing ovation and chanted his name while he pumped a fist and raised his stick at the final buzzer.

"Our relationship with the fans in Montreal always has been pretty good throughout the years even though I play on the other side," Brodeur said. "Today I think they recognized what I did. To me growing up in Montreal, getting a standing ovation in Montreal, it's pretty cool."


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