Brodeur's 104th shutout a record

December 22, 2009

Martin Brodeur broke the NHL record with his 104th career shutout, and maybe the only surprise was how easily it came against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brodeur needed to make only a few difficult saves while breaking Terry Sawchuk's shutout record, further strengthening his case to be considered the best goaltender to play the game, and the streaking New Jersey Devils had little trouble beating host Pittsburgh 4-0 on Monday night.

"It's great, but I wasn't focusing on it," Brodeur said after making 35 saves. "I'm definitely happy it's passed and we can just go play, and I don't have to answer the questions about it."

Only two games earlier, Brodeur surpassed Patrick Roy's mark for regular season appearances by a goaltender.

• Rehabbing Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro practiced Monday for the first time since experiencing leg tightness and missing the third period of his second rehab start Dec. 11.

AP

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