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Brodeur wins 2008 Vezina Trophy

Devils netminder takes NHL's top goalie honors for a fourth time

Tuesday, 06.10.2008 / 10:13 AM / Features
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Brodeur wins 2008 Vezina Trophy

Brodeur accepts the 2008 Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards Show Thursday night in Toronto.

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newjerseydevils.com – Make it four Vezinas for Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur claimed the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender for the second straight year, and fourth time in five seasons, Thursday night at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. He beat out the San Jose Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov by a vote count of 113-106 in the closest race among all awards.

The Devils' netminder
produced a superb campaign in 2007-08, posting a 44-27-6 record to go with a 2.17 goals-against average. He ranked first in minutes played (4,635), second in victories, and fifth in GAA. He ended the season with 96 career shutouts, seven shy of all-time leader Terry Sawchuk.

In the milestones category, Brodeur became the second goalie in history to reach 500 victories (Nov. 17 at Phi), and extended his own NHL record with a seventh career 40-win season. It was a continuation of Brodeur's unprecedented success; while he has registered three straight seasons of 40 wins, no one else in league history has had more than three.

This was the eighth nomination for Brodeur, who earned the top goalie honor in 2003, 2004 and 2007.

Here's a look back at the seasons Brodeur had en route to his previous Vezina wins:


Brodeur with the 2003 Vezina Trophy.
2002-03
Brodeur captured his first Vezina following his 10th full season in the NHL. He collected a league-high nine shutouts to go with a fourth-best goals-against average of 2.02, and shared the William Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals allowed with Philadelphia's Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche.

He compiled a mark of 41-23-9 to lead the league in wins for the fifth time, and became the the first netminder to record four 40-win seasons. Sawchuk and Jacques Plante are the only goalies to have recorded as many as three.

Highlighting Brodeur's '02-03 was a season-high eight-game unbeaten streak from Jan. 7 to Jan. 22 (7-0-1), which included a shutout against the Isles (Jan. 15).

He would eventually tie his own NHL record of 97 appearances (73 reg. season + 24 playoffs) as the Devils went on to win the third Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

2003 Vezina runner-up: Marty Turco, Dallas




In 2004.
2003-04
Brodeur made it two straight Vezinas thanks to league highs in wins (38) and starts (75).

He led the NHL in shutouts for a third time with a career-high 11, and took his second straight Jennings Trophy, the fourth of his career.

He became just the eighth goalie in history to reach 75 career shutouts, and the second fastest to do it. Only Sawchuk (567) needed fewer games to achieve the mark than Brodeur (738).

After one of his best stretches of the year saw him go undefeated in a season-high 12 games (10-0-2) from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26, Brodeur became the eighth goalie in history to reach the 400-win plateau with a victory in Florida (March 23). He extended his own record with an eighth straight 35-win campaign.

Brodeur led the league while setting a career high with 4,555 minutes played, and recorded a fourth-best goals-against average of 2.03.

2004 Vezina runner-up: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary



In 2007.
2006-07
Brodeur's third Vezina followed a season in which he set an NHL record with 48 wins, eclipsing Bernie Parent's 33-year-old mark of 47 on April 5. It was his sixth 40-win season, making him the only goaltender to post back-to-back 40-win campaigns twice.

His 78 appearances ranked as the second-highest total in league history (Grant Fuhr, 79). He set a new career-high for shutouts with a league-best 12, tying him with Sawchuk for the NHL record of four seasons with 10 or more shutouts.

Consecutive shutouts (Florida, Oct. 26; Columbus, Oct. 28) represented the sixth time in his career that he had produced back-to-back blankings.

Brodeur erased his previous career high of 44 wins and surpassed his own single-season record (4,555) with 4,697 minutes played. His goals-against average of 2.18 was third-best in the league.  

He received first- or second-place votes from all 30 voters, including 16 first-place selections.

2007 Vezina runner-up: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver

  

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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