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#FlashbackFriday: St. Marty & St. Patrik's Day

St. Paddy's Day Next Week Marks the Eighth Anniversary of a Devils Record-Breaking Day

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

It feels like it was just yesterday that Devils legends Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias were teammates, winning games and setting records at Prudential Center. The duo won two Stanley Cups together and have forever cemented their status among the biggest icons who ever wore the red and black in Jersey. 

March 17 will mark the eighth anniversary of one of the biggest record-breaking evenings in franchise history. On that day, the Devils hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for a St. Patrick's Day matchup at Prudential Center. Fans entered The Rock hoping to see three things (You can debate which of the three were most requested):

1.   A Devils victory
2.   Martin Brodeur's 552nd career victory
3.   Patrik Elias' recording of his 702nd career point. 

If you were among the sold-out crowd on that Tuesday night in 2009, you were lucky to see all three.


Brodeur Sets NHL Record with 552nd win

Martin Brodeur surpassed Patrick Roy for most all-time wins of any NHL goaltender, racking up 30 saves (go figure) in a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks.

Watch: Brodeur: 552


Elias Record 702nd Career Point

Patrik Elias reached a milestone of his own that night as well. Patty became the Devils all-time leading point-scorer with an assist to Brian Gionta, which was only fitting for St. Patrick's Day! Elias even sported a green leprechaun hat as he waved to the crowd after receiving second star honors (a tradition he carried over into 2010 as well).

Watch: Elias: 702


St. Patrick's Day 2017

Don't miss the Devils St. Patrick's Day game on Thursday, March 16 when they host the rival Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan division showdown. Get your tickets today!


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