Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brodeur Wins Another Duel with Giguere

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Brodeur Wins Another Duel with Giguere

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NEWARK - Martin Brodeur had to outlast and old nemesis to get career win No. 651.

It took a shootout to decide, but, as in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals, Brodeur got the best of Jean-Sebastien Giguere again in a 1- 0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime, so the tiebreaker was needed to decide a winner. Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise beat Giguere in the shootout, and after Milan Hejduk hit the right post on Colorado's opening shot, Brodeur made a glove save on Peter Mueller to win it for the Devils.

Brodeur's victory gave him 100 more than Patrick Roy three years and one day after he equaled Roy's old NHL record.

Both goaltenders got credit for a shutout. Brodeur made 28 saves in regulation and overtime for his second shutout of the season and the 118th of his career, adding to his NHL record total. Giguere made 33 saves in regulation and overtime for his second shutout of the season and 36th of the season.

With the fifth-place Flyers defeating the Islanders on Thursday, the Devils remained two points back in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils have not scored a goal in their last 130 minutes and 41 seconds dating to Parise's third period power-play goal in Sunday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia.

The Devils have some help on the way with center Travis Zajac expected back before the end of the season after being cleared to practice with the team with full contact. Zajac, who has played just eight games this season and none since Jan. 2 because of a sore left Achilles' tendon, participated in the Devils' morning skate Thursday and is expected to practice with the team today.

During Zajac's absence, Adam Henrique has taken over as the Devils' first-line center and entered Thursday's game in a tie with Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog for the NHL rookie scoring lead with 46 points apiece. …

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