Brodeur went 8-1 in making nine straight starts since returning from an elbow injury that forced him to sit out 50 games this season.
Weekes, the backup to Scott Clemmensen for most of the time that Brodeur was sidelined, hadn't started since Feb. 19 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He came on in relief on March 7 when the New York Islanders beat the Devils 7-3, Brodeur's only loss since his return.
I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.
— Anton Khudobin recalls a fond memory, explains why he was so sharp in the Hurricanes' 3-0 win against the Capitals on Friday