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First Quick, then Smith, now Brodeur — NHL goaltending records continue to fall

May 22, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur AP

Given all the outstanding goaltending we’ve seen this postseason, it’s no surprise a bunch of records have been set.

First, it was Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick tying Terry Sawchuk’s mark for eight consecutive wins allowing two goals or fewer.

Then, it was Phoenix’s Mike Smith becoming the first goalie in NHL history to post a shutout — on the road — with his team trailing three games to none in the series.

Last night, another goaltending record fell by the wayside.

Martin Brodeur picked up an assist on Zach Parise‘s empty netter, his fourth helper of the playoffs. That broke a seven-way tie for most assists (three) in a single postseason from a goalie, previously shared by Glenn Healy, Grant Fuhr (x2), Ken Dryden, Gilles Gilbert, Kirk McLean and Tom Barrasso.

Even more impressive? Here are some players still participating in the postseason with fewer assists than Marty: Jeff Carter, Patrik Elias, Radim Vrbata and Carl Hagelin.

Even more impressive? As pointed out by Kevin Woodley of In Goal Magazine, Brodeur is now one shy of Pekka Rinne’s NHL-leading five assists during the regular season.

Of course, it took the Nashville ‘tender 73 games to get his five assists. It took Brodeur 16 to get four.

  1. teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    “Of course, it took the Nashville ‘tender 73 games to get his five assists. It took Brodeur 16 to get four.”

    Did Brodeur not play all season? Cus I’m pretty sure he did, and thus had more than these 16 games to get them. So Brodeur did nothing all season long, and is great in the playoffs. Awesome for him.

    I don’t mean to downplay the achievement, that just seemed like a stupid statement to me.

    • jkonigsb - May 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      The four assists he is refering to is an NHL PLAYOFF RECORD…. LEARN HOW TO READ! He is comparing the 5 that Rinne got in 73 games in the regular season to the 4 that Brodeur got in 16 playoff games.

      • teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Apparently everyone misunderstood my point. I fully understand that accomplishment, which is why I said I wasn’t downplaying it. But comparing it to what Rinne did in a whole season just seemed weird to me. Saying that he has more offensive points than some of the players, that makes the point quite well.

        My apologies.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      teaspoon: Perhaps it seemed stupid because you didn’t quite understand it. Brodeur has 4 assists in his 16 playoff games this year, while Rinne earned his 5 regular season assists in his 73 regular season games. (I believe Brodeur also had 4 assists in the regular season this year, in addition to his 4 in the playoffs.)
      I suspect I was not the only fan disappointed that with the 2 goal lead, Brodeur didn’t go for the goal!

  2. danphipps01 - May 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    The Devils really do benefit from his puck-moving skill. He lets them start moving up ice quite a bit faster than other teams because he’s the most active puck-moving goalie in the NHL. Most other teams have to have guys come back and pick up the puck further into their own zone, but for the Devils it’s just a matter of making sure they’ve got a clear guy up near the blue line and letting Marty do the rest.

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