EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur has made winning a
habit more so than any other goalie in NHL history.
Brodeur made 26 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1
victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, becoming the
first goalie to win 30 games for 10 straight seasons. He is the
only goalie to have more than eight straight 30-win seasons.
"It's one of the things I like most about the records that I'm
doing," he said. "One thing I wanted to be in my career is
consistent. That's one thing Patrick Roy was able to do throughout
his career and I tried to go the same way. It means you've been
healthy and successful."
His teammates have come to appreciate, and depend on that
"We're going to look back and say he was something special,"
said Scott Gomez, who scored the Devils' first goal. "It's a lot
of wins, but he's the best there is. This guy might go down as the
Brian Gionta also scored for the Devils, who snapped the
Rangers' seven-game winning streak
Martin Rucinsky scored the only goal for New York, which had won
six straight on the road.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead on a play started and finished by
Gomez. He picked up the puck in the Devils end and carried it into
the Rangers zone where he passed to Gionta. Kevin Weekes stopped
Gionta's shot but Gomez put in the rebound at 17:19 of the first
The teams exchanged second-period goals.
Rucinsky tied it at 1:17, taking a perfect pass from Petr Sykora
and racing in on a breakaway. Brodeur dived out to tried to break
up the play, but Rucinsky got a backhander past the sprawled
Gomez and Gionta combined again to give the Devils a 2-1 lead
with a power-play goal at 10:27. Gomez fed a hard pass across the
crease to Gionta, who slammed it into the net for his team-leading
In the third, Brodeur was lucky and good in preserving the
victory. He made 12 saves in the period and was helped when Darius
Kasparaitis hit the post, and when Petr Sykora's deflected shot
struck the crossbar.
"The games are getting tougher and tougher," Kasparaitis said.
"We have to respond. We've played well all season and now people
expect us to win."
Rangers coach Tom Renney felt his team didn't find its best
stride until the final period.
"We needed to create more momentum for ourselves earlier than
the beginning of the third period against a team that checks very
well," he said. "They are really in tune with how they have to
play to have success. We chose to not lock and load, in terms of
what we have to do, until the third period."
Weekes made his third straight start. Henrik Lundqvist, the
gold-medal winning goalie for Sweden, is expected to be back in the
net on Monday for New York's home game against Carolina. ... Zach
Parise moved up to the Devils top line because Patrik Elias is
sidelined with a rib injury. The rookie skated on the left wing
alongside Gomez and Gionta. ... Devils D Richard Matvichuk missed a
second straight game with a stomach virus. ... Devils winger Grant
Marshall got an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty at 15:50 of the
second period after he tried to goad Kasparaitis into a fight. When
the Rangers defenseman refused, Marshall responded by flapping his
arms chicken-style. ... The game drew 19,040 for the Devils' second