On Monday night New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins to record the 104th shutout of his career. That surpassed the great Terry Sawchuck for the most ever. Just two games after setting the mark for the most appearances by a netminder, he shut down the vaunted attack of the reigning champions to top the 40-year-old shutout mark.
The 37-year-old Brodeur has spent his entire 17 year career with the Devils that has included three Stanley Cup victories, 9 All-Star Games, four Vezina Trophies, the Calder Trophy, and the first Canadian Olympic Gold Medal in 50 years.
It would take me took long to expound on all of Brodeur’s records so I’ll just list them. (When I say list then, I mean copy them straight from Wikipedia.)
- Most regular season wins (557)
- Most shutouts (record achieved during 2009–10 season)
- Most shutouts, regular season & playoffs combined (118)
- Most overtime wins (45)
- Most consecutive 30-win seasons (12)
- Most consecutive 35-win seasons (11)
- Most 40-win seasons (7)
- Most games played by an NHL goaltender (record achieved during 2009–10 season)
- Most total minutes played by an NHL goaltender (record achieved during 2009–10 season)
- Only NHL goalie to score a game-winning goal
- One of two NHL goalies (Ron Hextall) to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs
- Most wins in a single season (48, in 2006–07)
- Most minutes played in a single season (4697, in 2006–07)
- Most shutouts in a playoff (7, in 2002–03)
- Most shutouts in playoffs, career: 23
- Tied with Patrick Roy.
- Most shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (3, in 2002–03)
- Tied with Toronto Maple Leafs’ Frank McCool:
- 2nd place: 99 Wins
- 3rd goaltender to win the Stanley Cup with a Game-7 shutout in 2002–03.
- 1st goaltender in history to have 3 shutouts in two different playoff series. (1995 against Boston in the Conference Quarterfinals, 2003 against Anaheim in the Stanley Cup final.)
Brodeur has also acquired more than 30 franchise records, including most all-time, regular season and playoff wins, shutouts, games lowest goals-against-average.
Basically, Brodeur has ended all discussion about who is the best goaltender of all-time. There have been plenty of great goalies throughout the years, too: Sawchuck, Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy. Still, Broduer has accomplished more than all of them.
So congratulations to Marty Brodeur and the Devils. Enjoy it, New Jersey fans because he won’t be around forever.