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Brodeur gets historic win as Devils take sixth straight

CHICAGO (AP) -- New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur picked an
appropriate place to record a milestone win.

Brodeur earned his 423rd win in the Devils' 3-2 win over Chicago
on Sunday night, tying him for fifth place on the NHL's all-time
list with Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito.

Brodeur stopped 29 shots through overtime, then three of four
Blackhawks in the shootout, to lead New Jersey to its season-high
sixth straight win.

Coming off consecutive shutouts of Philadelphia and Vancouver,
Brodeur and the Devils were solid and the veteran goalie wasn't
even aware that he had tied Esposito until after the game.

"Lou [general manager and coach Lou Lamoriello] just told me
that," Brodeur said. "It's moving up, it's kind of nice. That
means we're winning hockey games if I'm able to move up in that
category."

New Jersey's Patrik Elias and Viktor Kozlov scored against
Chicago's Adam Munro in a shootout that required four shooters.

Elias, New Jersey's second shooter, scored on a low shot that
required a video review to confirm the puck had crossed the goal
line. Mikael Holmqvist, the Blackhawks's third shooter, beat
Brodeur to force an extra shootout frame.

After Kozlov scored, Brodeur stopped Tyler Arnason's wrist shot
to win it.

"It's all about winning and losing," Brodeur said.
"Shootouts, you know, happen. It doesn't matter if you play a good
game or a bad game. It becomes a competition.

"If your goalie comes through and your shooters are making good
plays, everybody is going to have smiles. Sometimes you play an
awesome game and it's just disappointing to lose in a shootout."

The Devils got goals from Brian Gionta and Colin White in
regulation, but had to scramble to extend their winning streak.

"It was kind of a weird game from start to finish," Gionta
said. "It wasn't as sharp as we have been playing lately, but it's
still two points."

Lamoriello agreed.

"The main thing is we got two points and you take them and
appreciate them," Lamoriello said. "We didn't play as well
tonight as a team. We didn't do some things we had been doing.

"We're coming off the high of two outstanding games. We just
kept battling and working and Marty came up big."

In regulation, Arnason had a goal and an assist for Chicago, and
Radim Vrbata scored in his fourth straight game.

Munro started his second straight game and third in the last
four, and stopped 24 shots. Top Blackhawks goalie Nikolai
Khabibulin missed his ninth game with a groin pull, but could
return Thursday against Colorado, coach Trent Yawney said after the
game.

The Blackhawks are 2-1-1 after ending a 10-game losing streak
(0-8-2) last Tuesday in Washington.

"Obviously he's [Brodeur] a great goalie," Munro said. "He's
got a lot of wins and he made more saves in the shootout than I
did.

"It's disappointing, but we got a point off a pretty good
squad."

Yawney was satisfied with Munro's performance, which included
his first NHL shootout.

"He played a solid game and was there when we needed him."
Yawney said.

Gionta opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:34 in to give
the Devils a 1-0 lead. Following a faceoff in the Chicago zone and
scramble in the crease, he scored from a few feet out.

Brodeur lost his bid for a third straight shutout when Arnason
was left open and beat him from between the circles with about 12
minutes left in the first. The goal snapped Brodeur's scoreless
streak at 130 minutes and 3 seconds.

Vrbata completed a 2-on-1 with Arnason and scored 4:59 into the
second to give Chicago a 2-1 lead. Vrbata and Arnason worked a
give-and-go on the rush to create the 2-on-1 against Devils
defenseman Brian Rafalski.

White tied it at 2 with a power-play goal about two minutes
later. His low shot from the left point fooled Munro and slid into
the net.

Following a scoreless third period, the Blackhawks and Devils
managed only one shot each in overtime.

Game Notes
The shootout was the Blackhawks' first at home. ... Devils
F Scott Gomez had an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to
nine games. He has eight goals and 10 assists during the span. ...
Brodeur's scoreless streak of 130 minutes, 3 seconds wasn't close
to his person best _ 213:52 in 1997, a stretch that included three
shutouts. ... Gionta has three goals in his last two games and five
points in his last three. ... New Jersey D Sean Brown, F Darren
Langdon and F Aleksander Suglobov were all healthy scratches. ...
Elias returned on Sunday after missing Friday's game with the flu.
... Chicago D Adrian Aucoin sat out with a groin pull and F Curtis
Brown missed the game with a sprained knee. Both are day-to-day.
Chicago F Rene Bourque was a healthy scratch.