Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots for his league-leading 30th win of the season, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J. He now has won 30 games for the eighth straight year, a feat no other goaltender has accomplished.
"Consistency is a key," Brodeur said. "I try very hard not to have slumps. Staying healthy is a big factor. I've never been hurt, so that has helped me. I play a lot, so that is also big. The team's level of consistency has also been big. Plus, it's a lot of fun to win games."
Brodeur gave up two goals but also made some good stops. He made a sprawling glove save on Andrei Zyuzin midway through the second period to thwart a scoring chance, then kicked aside three shots in the frantic final 32 seconds to preserve the win.
"It's a good thing that this is now out of the way," Brodeur said. "It's a great accomplishment and I'm pretty excited about it. No one else has ever done it, so it has to mean something."
The victory moved New Jersey within a point of the Ottawa Senators for the best record in the NHL. New Jersey is 13-2-1 in its last 16 games.
Patrik Elias, New Jersey's leading scorer with 40 points, scored a second-period goal to increase his consecutive point streak to five games. Elias has 10 goals and 10 assists in the last 17 games.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead in the first period on defenseman Colin White's fifth goal of the season.
New Jersey made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second period, when Elias received a long pass from Scott Gomez, then skated past Wild defenseman Nick Schultz, spun around and fired the blast past goalie Dwayne Roloson.
The Wild scored on Pierre-Marc Bouchard's power-play goal four minutes after Elias's goal.
* STARS 3, KINGS 1: In Dallas, Mike Modano and Rob DiMaio scored in a 48-second span of the second period, and Modano added a third-period goal for the Stars.
Los Angeles took a 1-0 first-period lead on Derek Armstrong's eighth goal, but the Stars took control on the rapid-fire scores from Modano and DiMaio.
Marty Turco made 24 saves for Dallas, 17-0 at home when leading after two periods. The Stars, who lead the league with 77 points, beat the Kings for the third straight time.
* MIGHTY DUCKS 2, HURRICANES 1: In Anaheim, Calif., Paul Kariya scored his 20th goal and Jason Krog got his first career short-handed goal as the Mighty Ducks dealt Carolina its sixth straight loss.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for Anaheim, which has won five of six games and 10 of 14 after an 0-6-1 slump.
The Hurricanes, Stanley Cup finalists last season, are last in the Southeast Division after their 14th loss in 15 games. They have dropped eight straight on the road, getting outscored 37-14.
* AVALANCHE 4, FLAMES 2: Peter Forsberg scored three goals to spark Colorado at home. Jeff Shantz scored the other goal for the Avalanche, unbeaten in nine games (7-0-2).
Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy scored third-period goals for Calgary, but it was too late after the Flames fell behind 4-0.