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Jersey pride, commitment big for Brodeur

Tuesday, 03.17.2009 / 1:13 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Jersey pride, commitment big for Brodeur
Brodeur spoke to the media Tuesday morning at Prudential Center.
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newjerseydevils.com – For an organization that calls itself, “Jersey’s Team,” it should come as no surprise that what Martin Brodeur’s most proud of is playing his entire career to this point as a New Jersey Devil.

Brodeur spoke to the media Tuesday morning at Prudential Center, just a few hours before he would don his pads, gloves and mask with a shot at becoming the winningest goaltender in National Hockey League history.

“To have a chance to do it in New Jersey is awesome,” Brodeur said. “The fans have been really supportive throughout my career here in New Jersey, and like I’ve said, it always seems that when I break records it’s on the road. It’d be nice, hopefully, to do this at home.”

Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s all-time mark Saturday in Montreal, where the Devils topped the Canadiens, 3-1. He made 22 saves to register his 551st career win, and was set to face the Chicago Blackhawks at the Rock looking for a record-setting 552nd.

Known for his cool under pressure, Brodeur is doing his best to take this epic moment in stride. He has won seven of his first eight games back after missing four months with an elbow injury, and has the first-place Devils leading the Atlantic Division by nine points, just six points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference lead.

“People expect me to do it, I just don’t want to disappoint anybody,” Brodeur said. “I’d like to do it and get it over with, definitely. I don’t think that’s something you want to drag on for too long. But it’s a hockey game that I need to play, and I need to get myself focused. There’s a lot of distraction that comes with breaking the record. It is nerve-wracking to certain extent. I’m anxious about the game tonight and can’t wait to get on that plane to go to Carolina (Tuesday night).”

Brodeur’s game-day routine? As simple as they come: head back home, watch a little TV, grab a nap, then come back to Newark, where the Devils' faithful are sure to give him a hero’s welcome when he hits the ice for the pre-game warmups.

That Brodeur has spent his entire 15-year career right here in the Garden State is a tremendous point of pride for the Montreal native, who grew up a fan of the Canadiens. He has won three Stanley Cup championships and four Vezina trophies. He has set the single-season mark for wins (48, 2006-07) and posted 100 shutouts to move within three of Terry Sawchuk’s all-time mark.   

And he’s done it all while wearing a Devils sweater.

“Staying in New Jersey for that long, and being able to do it with one team," Brodeur said when asked to pinpoint the accomplishment he’s found most gratifying. “One thing that I really cared about throughout my career is making that commitment to the Devils and being able to be successful at the same time.”

For Brodeur, no incentive to leave New Jersey could ever be as powerful as the one that has kept him here since he was chosen with the Devils’ first pick, 20th overall, in 1990. It’s an organization that opens every new campaign with a singular purpose: winning it all.

“Every time I came into a regular season or into a playoff, I thought I was going to win the Stanley Cup, and I’m serious when I say that: every single year,” Brodeur said. “You can’t ask for more than that from an organization. The thought of going somewhere else… my grass is green enough here. I don’t have to look for somewhere else.”

As much as he wants to take this next one and stand alone as the goalie with the most wins ever in the history of a 92-year-old League, Brodeur’s clear about one thing: No. 552, while special, is just part of a season-long journey that he hopes will end with a Devils victory sometime in June.

“We’re on good roll right now, we want to play well,” Brodeur said. “We know what’s at stake. We have a lot of games in hand on certain teams around us and will try to make some headway here. This is nice for me and for the team, but this is not the ultimate goal.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59