Martin Brodeur had not played in three weeks, but showed no signs of the layoff Sunday, making 25 saves to improve to 9-1-1 in his last 11 starts. Some of Brodeur's best work was in the first three minutes, when he negated Florida's 6-0 advantage in shots on goal.

Brodeur said he felt "OK," but the heat inside BankAtlantic Center made it difficult to tell for sure.

"It was so warm, I'm not really sure what I was feeling," Brodeur said. "I was sweating so much, but it wasn't bad. The guys played really well in front of me. That's nice when you haven't played for a long time."

Brodeur had not played since spraining the MCL in his right knee Feb. 6 in Montreal. He has been healthy enough to play for more than a week, but Devils coach Jacques Lemaire stuck with a hot Johan Hedberg until the team lost, 2-1, Friday at Tampa Bay.