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Brodeur wins 2008 Vezina Trophy

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Brodeur accepts the 2008 Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards Show Thursday night in Toronto.

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email – Make it four Vezinas for Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur claimed the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender for the second straight year, and fourth time in five seasons, Thursday night at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. He beat out the San Jose Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov by a vote count of 113-106 in the closest race among all awards.

The Devils' netminder
produced a superb campaign in 2007-08, posting a 44-27-6 record to go with a 2.17 goals-against average. He ranked first in minutes played (4,635), second in victories, and fifth in GAA. He ended the season with 96 career shutouts, seven shy of all-time leader Terry Sawchuk.

In the milestones category, Brodeur became the second goalie in history to reach 500 victories (Nov. 17 at Phi), and extended his own NHL record with a seventh career 40-win season. It was a continuation of Brodeur's unprecedented success; while he has registered three straight seasons of 40 wins, no one else in league history has had more than three.

This was the eighth nomination for Brodeur, who earned the top goalie honor in 2003, 2004 and 2007.

Here's a look back at the seasons Brodeur had en route to his previous Vezina wins:

Brodeur with the 2003 Vezina Trophy.
Brodeur captured his first Vezina following his 10th full season in the NHL. He collected a league-high nine shutouts to go with a fourth-best goals-against average of 2.02, and shared the William Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals allowed with Philadelphia's Roman Cechmanek and Robert Esche.

He compiled a mark of 41-23-9 to lead the league in wins for the fifth time, and became the the first netminder to record four 40-win seasons. Sawchuk and Jacques Plante are the only goalies to have recorded as many as three.

Highlighting Brodeur's '02-03 was a season-high eight-game unbeaten streak from Jan. 7 to Jan. 22 (7-0-1), which included a shutout against the Isles (Jan. 15).

He would eventually tie his own NHL record of 97 appearances (73 reg. season + 24 playoffs) as the Devils went on to win the third Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

2003 Vezina runner-up: Marty Turco, Dallas

In 2004.
Brodeur made it two straight Vezinas thanks to league highs in wins (38) and starts (75).

He led the NHL in shutouts for a third time with a career-high 11, and took his second straight Jennings Trophy, the fourth of his career.

He became just the eighth goalie in history to reach 75 career shutouts, and the second fastest to do it. Only Sawchuk (567) needed fewer games to achieve the mark than Brodeur (738).

After one of his best stretches of the year saw him go undefeated in a season-high 12 games (10-0-2) from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26, Brodeur became the eighth goalie in history to reach the 400-win plateau with a victory in Florida (March 23). He extended his own record with an eighth straight 35-win campaign.

Brodeur led the league while setting a career high with 4,555 minutes played, and recorded a fourth-best goals-against average of 2.03.

2004 Vezina runner-up: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary

In 2007.
Brodeur's third Vezina followed a season in which he set an NHL record with 48 wins, eclipsing Bernie Parent's 33-year-old mark of 47 on April 5. It was his sixth 40-win season, making him the only goaltender to post back-to-back 40-win campaigns twice.

His 78 appearances ranked as the second-highest total in league history (Grant Fuhr, 79). He set a new career-high for shutouts with a league-best 12, tying him with Sawchuk for the NHL record of four seasons with 10 or more shutouts.

Consecutive shutouts (Florida, Oct. 26; Columbus, Oct. 28) represented the sixth time in his career that he had produced back-to-back blankings.

Brodeur erased his previous career high of 44 wins and surpassed his own single-season record (4,555) with 4,697 minutes played. His goals-against average of 2.18 was third-best in the league.  

He received first- or second-place votes from all 30 voters, including 16 first-place selections.

2007 Vezina runner-up: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver

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