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Brodeur, Pandolfo take home player awards

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Jay Pandolfo accepts his third consecutive Players' Player Award from Devils assistant coach John MacLean. –
It was an encore performance, but it sure hasn't gotten old.

Martin Brodeur and Jay Pandolfo were the big winners at Monday's player award ceremony at Prudential Center. Brodeur once again received the Most Valuable Devil and Pandolfo took both the Devils' Players' Player and the Hugh Delano Unsung Hero awards.

It was Brodeur's second straight MVD, and the 10th of his career. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and defending Vezina Trophy winner received eight consecutive MVD awards from 1996 to 2003, sharing the 2001 award with Patrik Elias.

Brodeur has put together another outstanding campaign in '07-08, having recently notched an NHL-record third straight 40-win season. He has compiled seven seasons with 40 or more wins while no other goaltender in league history has had more than three.

Pandolfo, meanwhile, is no stranger to the Devils' award podium either.

He has won both the Players' Player and Unsung Hero three straight times, and has garnered Unsung Hero honors five times in his career.

In 44 games this season Pandolfo has 12 goals and 12 assists, two shy of matching career highs in each category. He notched his first career hat trick in the Devils' first-ever win at Prudential Center, a 6-1 decision over Tampa Bay on Oct. 31.

Brodeur received his award from Devils' assistant coach Larry Robinson. Pandolfo accepted his Unsung Hero honor from assistant coach Tommy Albelin and was given his Players' Player award by Devils' assistant coach John MacLean.

The winners of the annual awards are determined by players' secret ballot voting.

View a photo gallery of Monday's event

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