NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur
treasures his first career shutout, a 4-0 win over Anaheim at the Meadowlands on Oct. 20, 1993. He will never forget his latest either, a 3-0 record-tying blanking of Buffalo Monday night.
Ironically, the shutouts most vivid in his mind, outside of Monday's, are the ones that didn't result in a victory.
Dec. 23, 1996 vs. Buffalo and Dec. 1, 2000 vs. the Islanders. Both finished in 0-0 ties.
Brodeur went save for save against Dominik Hasek
in the Buffalo game as each stopped 37 shots to preserve the scoreless tie through 65 minutes. Against the Islanders four years later, Brodeur made 24 saves and John Vanbiesbrouck
had 26 in the scoreless tie.
"These are the ones that click, when you get a shutout, but you don't have a win," Brodeur said. "Back then there were no shootouts."
What gets forgotten, at least at this time of the season, are Brodeur's 23 postseason shutouts. He and Patrick Roy
are tied for the most ever, but Brodeur could -- and some say should -- have at least one more.
All the Devils needed was one measly goal in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Buffalo for him to have that shutouts record all to himself.
The game started at 7:40 p.m. ET on April 27 and didn't end until nearly 2 a.m. on April 28. In total, 119 shots were fired as Hasek made 70 saves and Brodeur 49 before Buffalo's Dave Hannan beat him with a backhanded shot 5:43 into the fourth overtime.
Brodeur would eventually win Game 7 and take the Devils to Game 7 of the Conference Finals against the Rangers, but that loss still rattles around in his brain. He can still see Hannon's shot going by him as he lay on the ice.
"Having almost two shutouts in one game and then losing that game in seven periods against Dominik," Brodeur said, "they're hard to kick out of your head."