NEWARK, N.J. - Martin Brodeur
made history Tuesday night with his 552nd victory, giving him sole possession of first place on the NHL's all-time wins list, one better than his childhood idol, Patrick Roy
Despite all the hysteria that ensued once the final buzzer sounded, NHL.com was still allowed to stop the record-setting goaltender for an exclusive interview moments after he left the Prudential Center ice.
Here is what the man of the night had to say:
There you are with 8.9 seconds left and the faceoff to your left. What are you thinking?
"Just having to play another 10 seconds without getting scored on. It's a little nerve wracking. We got in a position and let in a goal at the end of the game there, but the guys battled really hard in front of me and we pulled it off."
How much of a relief is it now for this record to be yours, that you can now move forward?
"Well, you know, it's kind of nice. We've been having a great season here and the last thing I wanted to do was disturb what was going on when I came back from injury. I know it's a big deal what I just accomplished and I'm happy I was able to do it so quickly so we can concentrate on the last 14 games or so to get us ready as much as we can to get into the playoffs and that's what the major goal is. Definitely, you can't overlook what we did. It was a fun week having to go to Montreal to tie and then come back here on a busy day and win this game."
In your mind, where does the record rank in the hockey history?
"It's all about winning, you know. As an organization, as players, it's something that when you're the guy who has the most wins it says a lot about your career. I have been fortunate to play on great teams and this number will be associated with me for the rest of my life."
Is it overwhelming for you to think that tonight, at least according to the stats, you became the greatest goalie to ever play the game?
"You know, what according to the stats you can say that, but for me there are still a lot of things I want to do, I want to accomplish. I want to challenge for the Stanley Cup again in my career and I'll try to pile up these wins as hard as I can to make it really, really hard on the guy that's going to be behind me."
You were able to tie this record in your hometown with all of your friends and family as well as Patrick Roy
in the building. Then, you go ahead and break it in New Jersey, where you have made your career in front of the Devils' fans, your adopted friends and family. Could you have envisioned a more perfect scenario?
"You know what, it worked out well, that's the bottom line. I didn't expect anything from this. I didn't want to pick and choose, but if I had to this is exactly the way I would have drawn it up, that's for sure."
There are three generations of goalies in your family - your dad, you and two of your boys, Anthony and Jeremy. You broke this record with all of them in the building. What does that mean to you?
"I want my kids to enjoy my career and I'm fortunate because sometimes when you do have a career your kids are too young to enjoy it. My kids are old enough now to really know what is going on and I'm sure they are excited about the whole thing. These are great experiences. And, for my dad, it's been written enough. He's been around me my whole career during all of these things, so I'm sure for him to see my kids, his grandkids, enjoy this it's pretty cool."
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