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NJD TV: The best of Brodeur in '07-08

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Brodeur will look to snag his fourth Vezina Trophy when the NHL's awards are handed out in June.

email – It was yet another season of excellence for Martin Brodeur.

The Devils' goaltender added more records to his resume in 2007-08, registering his third straight 40-win campaign and becoming just the second netminder to reach 500 wins. His 44 victories were second only to Evgeni Nabokov (46) and extended his personal record to seven 40-win seasons; no goaltender in history has had more than three.

The Montreal native led the league in minutes played (4,635) and posted a fifth-best goals-against average of 2.17 to go with a .920 save percentage and four shutouts.

It all added it up to an eighth Vezina Trophy nomination for the 14-year veteran, who hopes to beat out Nabokov and Henrik Lundqvist for top goalie honors when the NHL's award winners are announced June 12 at Toronto's Elgin Theatre.

Here are some of the highlights from Brodeur's outstanding '07-08 campaign, courtesy of NJD TV.

Brodeur needs 14 wins to pass Patrick Roy's all-time mark of 551.
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October 17 at Pittsburgh
Brodeur made 26 saves for his second victory of the young season, leading the Devils to a 5-4 win over Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. He stopped Evgeni Malkin early in the contest [ 700K ] then twice denied Petr Sykora [ 700K / 700K ].

November 17 at Philadelphia
Career victory No. 500 came in a 6-2 romp over the Flyers and sparked the Devils' season-high nine-game winning streak. A dazzling glove stop on Daniel Briere  [ 700K ] capped the historic night as Brodeur finished with 26 saves.

November 23 at Atlanta
Brodeur turned away 22 shots in a 3-0 win over the Thrashers. His first shutout of the season was the 93rd of his career and tied him (93 reg. season + 22 playoffs) with Terry Sawchuk (103 + 12) for the most combined shutouts in league history. Gems against Bobby Holik [ 700K ], Ilya Kovalchuk [ 700K ] and Pascal Dupuis [ 700K ] sealed the decision.

November 24 at Tampa
The Devils won their first back-to-back set of the season thanks to Brodeur's 34 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Lightning. Brodeur foiled Vincent Lecavalier [ 700K ] in the second period, then Martin St. Louis   [ 700K ] late in the game to take the 'W'.

November 28 vs. Dallas
Facing the Stars in the Garden State for the first time since 2003, the Devils posted a 4-2 win. Brodeur used 19 saves to help New Jersey rally from a 2-0 deficit in the first period, making stops on Mike Modano's point shot [ 700K ], Philippe Boucher's one-timer [ 700K ] and Niklas Hagman's rush [ 700K ].

November 30 vs. Montreal

New Jersey extended its season-high win streak to six games with a 4-0 blanking of the Canadiens. Brodeur shrugged off 27 shots for his second shutout of the season and 94th of his career to tie George Hainsworth for second on the all-time list. His best of the night came against Alexei Kovalev [ 700K ], Roman Hamrlik [ 700K ] and Michael Ryder [ 700K ].

December 23 at Calgary
The Devils' first trip to Calgary since 2003 yielded a 1-0 overtime win and Brodeur's third shutout of the season. He recorded 30 saves to move ahead of Hainsworth and into sole possession of second place on the all-time shutout list (95). Brodeur's night included this trio of stops against 2008 Hart Trophy nominee Jarome Iginla [ 700K / 700K / 700K ].

January 4 vs. Philadelphia
The Flyers outshot the Devils 36-26, including 14-4 in the third period, but Brodeur supplied his fourth shutout in a 3-0 win. His 96th career shutout moved him within seven of Sawchuk's all-time mark of 103 and featured stops against Scott Hartnell [ 700K ], Joffrey Lupul [ 700K / 700K] and Randy Jones [ 700K ].

January 20 vs. Toronto
Brodeur delivered 34 saves to reach the 25-win mark with a 3-2 edging of the Maple Leafs. His best sequence came in the game's dying seconds, with Alex Steen and the Leafs battling frantically for the tying goal [ 700K ].

February 4 vs. Pittsburgh
Thirty-one saves did the trick against the Penguins, as Brodeur helped lead the Devils to a 4-3 overtime win. Malkin [ 700K ] and Sykora [ 700K ] were outmatched by No. 30.

February 16 at Ottawa
The Senators pounded the Devils with 39 shots, including 32 over the final 40 minutes, but Brodeur's 37 saves led New Jersey to a 3-2 triumph. He held off opportunities by Dany Heatley
[ 700K ] and Antoine Vermette [ 700K ], later preserving the outcome with a last-second stop against Wade Redden [ 700K ].

February 24 at Washington
Facing the electrifying Alexander Ovechkin, Brodeur needed 37 saves to down the Capitals 2-1 in overtime and notch his 11th straight 35-win season. He generated highlight-reel stops against Ovechkin [ 700K / 700K ], Alexander Semin [ 700K ] and Nicklas Backstrom [ 700K ].

March 4 at Toronto
A 41-save effort by Brodeur resulted in a 4-1 Devil victory over the Leafs. He withstood the barrage, stonewalling Ian White [ 700K ], Bryan McCabe [ 700K ], Kyle Wellwood [ 700K ] and Jason Blake [ 700K ].

March 8 at Toronto
Brodeur again shouldered the load in Toronto, collecting 42 saves in a 2-1 New Jersey win. He got stronger as the game went on, shutting down Mats Sundin [ 700K ], Tomas Kaberle [ 700K ] and Dominic Moore [ 700K ].

March 15 at Colorado
Brodeur locked up his third straight 40-win season by icing the Avalance, 4-2. It was New Jersey's first victory in Denver since 2001, as Brodeur stopped 24 of 26 shots. David Jones [ 700K ], Tyler Arnason [ 700K ], Milan Hejduk [ 700K ] and Joe Sakic [ 700K ] were kept in check thanks to one of Brodeur's finest outings of the year.
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