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Brodeur wins, becomes NHL's all-time minutes leader as Devils edge Boston 2-1

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BOSTON - Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise scored shootout goals to make goaltender Martin Brodeur a winner on the day he became the NHL's all-time minutes leader, as the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Friday.

Brodeur surpassed Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for the most minutes played. The 37-year-old Brodeur now has 60,280. Roy played 60,235.

The loss ended Boston's season-high four-game winning streak.

Blake Wheeler, who had Boston's only goal in regulation, had the Bruins' lone score in the shootout.

With the shootout tied 1-1 after goals by Parise and Wheeler, Langenbrunner beat goaltender Tuukka Rask between the pads.

Wheeler scored 12 seconds into the third period for Boston, tying it 1-1 and ending Brodeur's bid to tie Terry Sawchuk's NHL record of 103 shutouts.

Parise had the Devils' only goal in regulation, extending his point streak to a career-high nine games. He has eight goals and six assists in that stretch.

The Devils have won all 10 times this season when they led entering the third period.

Rask made 36 saves before the shootout. Brodeur had 32.

New Jersey went ahead 1-0 on Parise's goal midway through the second period. He scored from a scramble in front when he whacked at the puck twice, slipping it by Rask's left pad. Matt Halischuk had his first assist of the season on the play.

Boston tied it when Wheeler scored on the first shift of the third period, ending any suspense about Brodeur reaching Sawchuk's record. Wheeler one-timed Byron Bitz's pass from the bottom of the left circle.

Brodeur made a game-saving glove stop on Marc Savard's wrister from the slot with five seconds to play in regulation.

The PA announcer acknowledged Brodeur becoming the all-time minutes leader during a stoppage before a faceoff 2:56 into the second period. The announcement continued as play began in the Devils' zone.

Devils winger David Clarkson was helped to the locker-room after taking Zdeno Chara's shot off his right ankle. The Devils were already missing two defencemen: Paul Martin, sidelined for his 14th straight game with a broken arm, and Johnny Oduya, out for a 12th consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

Notes: Boston LW Milan Lucic will be sidelined up to four weeks with a sprained left ankle sustained when his skate got caught in a rut during Wednesday's shootout win against Minnesota. "He will probably be out for around four weeks. It could be less," GM Peter Chiarelli said before the game. "When I saw the injury happen, you look at the stress on the lower knee and the ankle, I certainly expected worse." ... The Bruins had no shots on goal in their three power plays in the first two periods. New Jersey had two while short-handed. ... The Devils are in a stretch of 10 of 12 at home. Their only other road game is in Buffalo on Dec. 7. ... It was the opener of a day-night, hockey-basketball pro doubleheader tradition.The Celtics were scheduled to play Toronto at night.

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