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newjerseydevils.com – After finally recording his first shutout of the season, Martin Brodeur will try to extend the Devils' winning streak to a season-high four games as they meet the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., MSG, WFAN 660 AM).
Last season, Brodeur recorded a personal best with 12 shutouts as part of an NHL single-season record 48 wins en route to winning his third Vezina Trophy.
In his last three starts, Brodeur is looking more like his old self. Last Saturday, Brodeur defeated Philadelphia to join Patrick Roy as the only goalies with 500 career wins, and on Wednesday he stopped 25 shots in a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
On Friday, Brodeur turned aside 22 shots in a 3-0 win at Atlanta for his 93rd career shutout.
"Marty has been playing great," Zach Parise said. "That's three in a row he's played awesome for us. We need that to win games,"
With his next shutout, Brodeur will tie George Hainsworth for second all-time. Terry Sawchuk posted an NHL-record 103 shutouts over 21 seasons from 1949-70.
Brodeur, who's played all 15 NHL seasons with New Jersey (10-10-2), made 21 saves in the Devils' 6-1 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 31.
Jamie Langenbrunner assisted on all three goals in the win over the Thrashers, giving him five in his last two games. Langenbrunner, who missed the first 17 games of the season due to a groin injury, has two goals and five assists for seven points in his first five games back.
Devils special teams also have come alive of late, scoring three power play goals in nine chances with the man advantage over the last two games. It's the most productive power-play stretch that New Jersey has seen since going 5-for-15 in meetings with Atlanta and Pittsburgh on Oct. 13 and Oct. 17.
In between, the Devils endured a 14-game dry spell that yielded just three goals in 56 power-play tries.
The penalty kill continues to be effective, and has turned stingy after allowing at least one power play goal in 16 of the Devils' first 18 games. The club has gone a perfect 15-for-15 on the penalty kill over the last four contests.
After a season-high five-game winning streak, Tampa Bay (10-10-2) lost to Carolina 4-3 on Friday. Goaltender Johan Holmqvist allowed three goals less than seven minutes apart, dropping them to their third loss in a row.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist and leads the league with 36 points. He's scored three goals against the Devils this season to give him four and three assists in a four-game points streak against them.
Martin St. Louis, who had two assists on Friday, also has a four-game points streak versus the Devils. St. Louis has two goals and five assists during his run.
Next up, the Devils return to New Jersey to begin a five-game homestand with a contest against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
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