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Devils' Brodeur earns 100th shutout

NEW Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur recorded his 100th regular-season shutout as the host Devils blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 in a clash of the Atlantic Division's top two teams on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Brodeur moved within three shutouts of all-time leader Terry Sawchuk with his 27 saves. It was his second shutout in three outings after being sidelined for 50 games following elbow surgery. Brodeur has four shutouts in 13 games this season.

"It's a big number," Brodeur told reporters after reaching the milestone. "It's kind of hard to believe. When you get to a round number it looks better."

Now winner of 547 games, Brodeur also closed within four of tying National Hockey League record-holder Patrick Roy, who has 551 career victories.

"Really, nothing surprises me with him," Devils left winger Jay Pandolfo said.

"He's been itching to get in there for a while. He's looked really good for the last two or three weeks. He was just waiting for his chance."

Brodeur stopped 10 shots in the first period, six in the second and 11 in the third to help the Devils win for the eighth time in 10 games.

"They had a couple of good chances (in the first period)," Brodeur said. "I definitely got more tested than in the other games I've played so far."

Elsewhere in the NHL, it was: Panthers 6, Capitals 2; Blackhawks 4, Kings 2; Penguins 4, Stars 1; Lightning 8, Flames 6; and Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 1.

In Newark, New Jersey, Johnny Oduya had a goal and an assist to spark the Devils, who lead the Flyers by nine points in the division.

New Jersey scored in each period with Jamie Langenbrunner collecting the opener 3:51 into the first.

Brian Gionta made it a 2-0 game off an assist by Oduya with the second period just 37 seconds old. Oduya registered his goal in the first five minutes of the third period.

Martin Biron was in goal for Philadelphia and made 39 saves.

In Washington, Stephen Weiss, Bryan McCabe and Jay Bouwmeester scored powerplay goals in the first period as Florida held Washington's Alex Ovechkin without a point until the final minute.

Michael Frolik, Richard Zednik and Jassen Cullimore also scored for Florida, McCabe finished with three assists, and Weiss had two.

The Southeast Division-leading Capitals pulled starting goalie Jose Theodore after falling behind by three goals in the first.

Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 46th goal with 22 seconds left, and Alexander Semin had a powerplay tally for Washington.


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