NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur was happy with a lot of things in his 2013-14 season debut -- just not the outcome.
After sitting out Thursday's the New Jersey Devils' season opener, a 3-0 road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the 41-year-old was in goal Friday night when the New York Islanders came to Prudential Center. The chants of "Marty, Marty" started during pregame festivities and continued to the end of the game, a 4-3 shootout win for the Islanders that spoiled the Devils' home opener.
"It's nice but kind of hard when you're on the ice [during the pregame ovation]. You don't really realize who they're cheering for," he said. "I'm happy to be here. I've played here all my career and hopefully the fans have appreciated me throughout the years. It's always nice to get a little recognition."
Since the death of his father, Denis, on Sept. 26, Brodeur hadn't played in a game for the Devils and had practiced sparingly. But after shaking off some early rust, he and Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov put on quite a show. Brodeur's NHL-record streak of 18 straight season-opening starts for the Devils came to an end in Pittsburgh when Cory Schneider got the call, but he was more than ready for the team's first home game.