New Jersey Devils
goaltender Martin Brodeur
left Saturday night's game against Atlanta with what the team's Web site called a bruised elbow.
The Devils led 3-0 early in the second period when Brodeur sprawled to make a save and appeared to land on his left elbow. He clutched his left arm as he left the ice and was replaced by Kevin Weekes
with 6:38 gone in the second period.
Brodeur stopped all five shots he faced before leaving. Weekes stopped 14 more, but Brodeur was credited with the victory in New Jersey's 6-1 win, moving him within seven of Patrick Roy
's NHL record of 551.
Until the injury, Brodeur had played in every second of every New Jersey game this season.
Brodeur led the NHL in games played by a goalie the last two seasons with 78 and 77 appearances. The last time he was forced out of action was in 2005, when he was sidelined for six games due to a knee injury from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8.
In addition to closing in on Roy's records for wins and games played by a goalie, Brodeur also is five shutouts away from tying Terry Sawchuk
's NHL career mark of 103.