MONTREAL (AP) -Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's NHL record of 551 wins, making 22 saves in New Jersey's 3-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday night.
Brodeur was as steady as ever back home in Montreal against Roy's former team, with the all of Famer looking on from a suite. Brodeur has earned seven wins in eight starts after a 50-game absence caused by the first serious injury of his career.
He will have a chance to break the record Tuesday night at home against Chicago.
Under the watchful eye of his father, former Canadiens team photographer Denis Brodeur, Brodeur caught up to the goalie he idolized as a child.
The capacity crowd of 21,273 chanted the name of the native son when time ran out, and Brodeur's father wiped away a tear.
Brodeur, who was surrounded by his teammates, did a double fist pump and raised his stick to the crowd in appreciation after his 986th regular-season NHL game.
Patrik Elias had a goal and assist to tie John MacLean's franchise record of 701 points, and Brian Rolston scored his 300th goal as both New Jersey veterans scored with the man advantage in the first. Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner restored New Jersey's two-goal lead in the third.
Tomas Plekanec scored his 20th goal at 12:29 of the first, the only puck that got past Brodeur. That took away any chance of a shutout. Brodeur has 100, only three behind Terry Sawchuk's career NHL mark of 103.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin moved within one goal of becoming the first Washington player with 50 in three seasons and netted the shootout winner to help the Capitals end a four-game home losing streak.
Mike Green scored his 24th goal, most among NHL defensemen, and assisted on Ovechkin's tally, while Alexander Semin has his 29th goal and three assists. Erik Cole, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney each scored a goal and had at least one assist for Carolina.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Arron Asham scored two goals, and Martin Biron made 39 saves to help Philadelphia win for the third time in four games.
Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, fourth in the Eastern Conference. Nik Antropov and Sean Avery scored for New York.
The teams will meet again Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in the second period, and Detroit had three goals on three shots in a 46-second span of the second period.
Tomas Kopecky, Brett Lebda and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Chris Osgood made 30 saves for Detroit, tied with Boston for the NHL lead with 99 points.
T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Woywitka also scored for St. Louis.
At Pittsburgh, Mike Comrie scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and Ottawa won for fifth time in six games to improve to 11-6-3 under interim coach Cory Clouston.
Chris Campoli, Nick Foligno and Chris Phillips scored in regulation for Ottawa, down 3-1 with 8 minutes left. Eric Godard, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins have gone to shootouts in a franchise-record four straight games, losing the last two.
BOSTON (AP) - Phil Kessel scored his 30th goal early in the first period, and set up Marc Savard's first in 16 games 65 seconds later for Boston.
The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins have won two straight after losing five of six. Tim Thomas matched his career high with 30 victories, making 21 saves.
Mark Streit scored for New York.
TORONTO (AP) - Mikhail Grabovski scored two goals to help Toronto offset Olli Jokinen's five-point game for Calgary.
Jokinen, acquired from Phoenix at the trade deal, had three goals and two assists. He has eight goals and two assists in six games since the trade.
Jeff Finger, Nikolai Kulemin, Jason Blake, Jeff Hamilton, John Mitchell and Jamal Mayers also scored for Toronto in the Maple Leafs' highest-scoring game of the season. Dion Phaneuf, Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla added goals for Calgary.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Brett Sterling scored the deciding goal in a shootout for Atlanta, hours after he was called up from the minors.,
Todd White forced overtime for Atlanta, scoring with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Slava Kozlov and Marty Reasoner also scored for Atlanta, which matched a season best with its fifth straight win. Derek Roy had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Paille and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for Buffalo.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Karri Ramo stopped all three shots in a shootout for Tampa Bay, and Steven Stamkos scored the only goal in the tiebreaker.
Jeff Halpern, Martin St. Louis and former Panthers player Cory Murphy scored in regulation for Tampa Bay. David Booth had two goals and an assist for Florida, and Michael Frolik also scored.