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Brodeur shuts down Penguins in his 1,200th game

Feb 9, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur went out of his way to make his 1,200th game with the Devils a memorable one.

Not only did he keep a loaded Penguins team mostly off the scoreboard in a 3-1 victory, he also made sure to make an incredible stop on Evgeni Malkin late to keep the Pens from threatening and had to make a great stop on… Marc-Andre Fleury?

Late in the second period with the Devils killing a penalty, Brodeur lost his stick in the corner. As the Devils cleared the puck, Fleury came out to play it all the way back down the ice while Brodeur was retrieving it. The puck clanged off the post and skittered under Brodeur’s feet and stayed out of the net.

Words can only do so much justice so thankfully there’s video. [YouTube]

New Jersey’s win moved them to the top of the Eastern Conference for the time being. As for Brodeur’s acrobatics, if you’d rather have it in GIF form, Backhand Shelf has your hookup.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Jesse Heiman and Sid Crosby separated at birth !

  2. killerpgh - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    MAF didn’t shot that on net. He fired it up the the forward (Crosby?) at the far blue line. But either way Marty played a great game and made some amazing saves. Rematch tomorrow night and hopeful the Penguins can keep the penalties in the single digits and not give the devils 10 power plays. Hard to win that way.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    So Pens goalie Fleury nearly scores on the winningest goalie ever and it would have been negated by an offside call? Amazing.

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Actually it was Malkin who took the shot, but either way, it should have gone in.

  4. dipspit55 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Devils in first place how could this be possible no parise but still winning games better hop on this bandwagon and say I knew that they could do this from the start even tho I’m an idiot an said they wouldn’t even make the playoffs in the beginning on the year

    • mpg44 - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I’m just surprised to see this crappy site finally decided to admit that the devils actually played a game. Notice that the article was about one part of the game and no mention of them 1: winning ,2: won thier last four ,3: took over first in the division. I guess they are to bust choking on thier words they said in the start. You know , how the devils won’t win like they used to without Parise and with an aging goalie !! Well …. Choke on it NBC !!

  5. letsgopens8771 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Good performance by both goalies, but that game was SOOO poorly officiated. The Pens looked sluggish in the 2nd and could not get anything going offensively after the Sutter goal. Disappointing, but we won’t miss tomorrow night. Hopefully Letang gets better. (Not that Reese is doing poorly, he is doing very well). Just ratchet it up on defense and we’ll be fine tomorrow and on Wednesday.

    GO PENS!!!

    • jsutan - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Most of the penalties were bs calls except for pretty much everything on Malkin. Everything he got was warranted and was a result of frustrated play.

      Officiating and line judging across the league has been atrocious this season. They didn’t wave off a couple icings when players were clearly able to play the puck, or when they clearly did play the puck. One of the icings a Devil’s D shot it to Henrique who tipped it to the end boards from the blue line and they called icing on that. WTF?

  6. martysbetter - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    What a crazy game, a lot of bad calls for both sides – although it seems like the Devils’ style of play frustrates other teams, there were a couple PP opportunities pissed away by the Pens in the 3rd due to some poor discipline.

    Congrats to Matteau for his first career goal, Bobby Butler for both his first goal and assist as a Devil, and to Adam Larsson for his first point of the year!

    PS. Special shout out to Crosby for elbowing Brian Gionta’s Little Brother in the head after the whistle, good to see a player who knows the severity of head injuries go after someone like that.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I’m not sure Gionta would want you getting your panties in a twist over that one…nothing more than a love tap to keep him out of his territory…definitely doesn’t qualify as a head shot, crybaby.

      This was AFTER Clarkson tried to assault Crosby (who didn’t even have the puck) because he was mad about being dumped by Engelland, right? Pretty sure you have no right to cry right now.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Also this article is about Brodeur, who played great. Keep your sh*t in line.

      • martysbetter - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Didn’t take you long to forget what a “love tap” to the head can do to a player huh?

        The fact that the intent was there is messed up in itself considering the guy has been dealing with concussion symptoms for the past 2 years.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Yeah he really messed Gionta up, did he? You could tell by the way he…well, skated away perfectly fine. Also, he didn’t come anywhere near to elbowing him in the back of the head.

      • biasedhomer - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Of course it would be an “assault” to Crosby, another player it would be typical old school hockey.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        I’m more than willing to call it old school hockey – actually Crosby didn’t complain either. Just not willing to say say Crosby’s the only one playing it, as “martysbetter” would have you believe. Goose and gander.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      This is nothing out of the ordinary for the great Crosby. One of the best cheap shot artists to never get penalized. He’s too important to the leagues finances to be treated like every other player.

      • bobhpine - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Absolutely vicious elbow. I’m surprised Gionta isn’t in the hospital. The force of that elbow was just staggering. One of the most obviously cheap shots in hockey.

        I know you girls are biased and you hate Crosby, but if that’s a vicious, dirty play, then maybe hockey isn’t your sport. Maybe you should go watch synchronized swimming.

    • btpdiddy - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Haters gonna hate

  7. csilojohnson - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Great game. Got a little out of hand at the end. Officiating was horrible. Please don’t turn into the NFL. Malkin the turnover machine needs to step it up and stop taking dumb penalties. Hopefully the Pens can turn it around tomorrow.

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Awesome job, Mr. Brodeur…we shall meet again…

    Tomorrow!

  9. pdmjr - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Good game but terribly officiated. Bettman is ruining hockey. At least no one bit anyone

  10. ironman721 - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Can’t spend a whole period in the penalty box and expect to win.

  11. steelers88 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    The Devils outplayed the Penguins in all aspects. Thought the refs did help the Devils out.

  12. pwilson264 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    although, am a ranger fan, have to give credit were credit is due. broduer at 40 is playing dam good, now lets go rangers.

  13. pens5829 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    After having no hockey for nearly four months, you’d think the NHL would want exciting hockey all fans want to watch. The officiating this year is so bad with the boarder line/ ticky tac calls, it’s becoming more and more difficult to watch. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Roger Goodell has taken over running the league??? Simply pathetic!

  14. jhuck92 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    That save definitely made my night. I’m just glad it wasn’t another center-ice goal like that Vokoun freebie in DC.

  15. 950003cups - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Officials calls have went against NJ sine the lockout ended. At one point with the rangers there was 6 consecutive penalties called against NJ. Talk about who gets screwed? NJ is 4th in the league in minor penalties being called. They play clean and the refs let nasty hits go “unseen” from Islanders, Rangers and especially CROSBY. I’d like to see him get his clock cleaned one more time. Let him know that the refs can only help him get away with being dirty, but they can’t protect him from a flying elbow

  16. seanaveryrules - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Brodeur is 1 of the worst goalies of ALL TIME…he benefits from the defensive system the devils run

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