The matchup with the Montreal Canadiens is a game Martin Brodeur looks forward to every single season. Even though he has played them every year since 1991, these games never seem to get old to the 41-year-old goaltender.
The New Jersey Devils decided that they were going to get the scoring going for what could be Brodeur’s last appearance in the Bell Centre. Jaromir Jagr started the scoring for the Devils when he passed the puck to himself and put it past a screened Carey Price. This goal finally put him in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list as he passed Mark Messier. Eric Gelinas blasted a power play goal from the point when his one-timer hit off the inside of the post and in. Adam Henrique‘s line stayed hot when he, Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe crashed the net until the puck was eventually behind Price. Dainius Zubrus ended the scoring with 13.1 seconds left when he sent a back-hander from center ice into the empty net.
This game was about Brodeur, however. He stood on his head after allowing a soft goal to Max Pacioretty only seven minutes into the game. He made some crazy glove saves throughout the game. He was a brick wall stopping 29 of 30 shot attempts. He stoned multiple shot attempts in one sequence. Brodeur seemed like he felt extra energy playing in front of his family and friends. He was the sole reason why the Devils came out of this game with the win.
The win was huge for the Devils. With division rivals in the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders losing to non-division opponents, this was a big chance to gain points in the division. The Metropolitan Division as a whole has been on fire lately, with none of the teams under hockey .500 in their last 10.
Will this be Brodeur’s last season? That question seems like it has a different answer on a nightly basis. Also, there is the slim possibility that these two teams can meet in the playoffs. Either way, if this was Brodeur’s last visit to his home town, it was a great way to say goodbye.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to their NFL, NBA and MLB content. You can follow him on Twitter here.