It probably won’t be Martin Brodeur’s last game in his hometown, but the Devils’ goalie made sure it was a great one just in case. And Montreal Canadiens fans made certain it was a memorable night, as well, when they gave him a standing ovation after the goalie was named first star of the game. “It was nice. I definitely didn’t expect that in somebody else’s building,” Brodeur said, “but there’s kind of a little history here for me. It was definitely nice of them doing that.” Brodeur has vowed to play again next season if his body holds up. Less than four months away from his 42nd birthday, it’s holding up spectacularly well. He made 29 saves and recorded his 20th career victory in Montreal while Jaromir Jagr passed Mark Messier on the NHL’s all-time goals list in the Devils’ 4-1 triumph over the Canadiens Tuesday night at Bell Centre. “Any time he comes back to Montreal it’s important,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “He has a lot of friends and family here. It’s a special night for him and, to his credit, he was ready to play. He hasn’t played in a week, which isn’t easy, and he came out and pitched a great game.” Brodeur, who is 20-9-1 in both the Forum and Bell Centre, is 45-19-6 against the club he rooted for as a kid. He said the fact that it might be his last game in Montreal didn’t give him added incentive. “I’ve had enough good games. I didn’t care really. I just want to have fun,” Brodeur said. “It might be my last one but it might not be, either. I just want to play well when I play. It doesn’t matter what situation I’m in. I’m there to win a hockey game and I’ll do that (as long as) they left me do it.” The Devils now have points in five straight games, going 3-0-2 for eight of a possible 10 points. They are two games over. 500 for the first time this season.
Brodeur earns 20th career win in Montreal as Devils beat Canadiens 4-1
Newark Star-Ledger | Jan 15