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Martin Brodeur has the New Jersey Devils back in the win column.
The NHL-worst Florida Panthers have a chance to be there in three straight games for the first time all season.
Brodeur could be in net for a second straight contest Saturday night in New Jersey, where the Devils and Panthers meet for the first time since last season's first-round playoff matchup.
Out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck, Brodeur made 17 saves and scored his third career goal off an errant pass from Carolina's Jordan Staal in Thursday's 4-1 victory. The Devils (14-11-6) had dropped three in a row overall and six straight on the road.
"You know him coming back, he's going to give you a boost," center Travis Zajac said. "But he was just awesome today."
The Panthers don't need to be reminded. Brodeur is 15-5-0 with a 1.90 goals-against average and three shutouts in his last 20 regular-season home starts against them.
The NHL's all-time winningest goaltender started each game during the 2012 Eastern Conference playoffs versus Florida, stopping 57 of 61 shots in Game 6 and 7 victories - both went past regulation - to give New Jersey its first playoff series win since 2007.
In the Panthers' previous playoff appearance in 2000, Brodeur stopped 98 of 104 shots in the Devils' first-round sweep.
Florida (9-16-6) still has some playoff life this season, but with a league-low 24 points, it will need a strong push over the final five weeks if it's going to make the postseason a year after winning its first Southeast Division title.
The Panthers are heading in the right direction, defeating the Hurricanes and the New York Rangers to open their season-high five-game trip.
"That's seven or eight solid periods in a row for us," coach Kevin Dineen said after Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Rangers. "That's what we're looking for."
The Panthers have won consecutive road games for the first time since a four-game stretch that started with a 3-1 victory over the Devils on Feb. 11, 2012 - their last regular-season game at New Jersey.
Florida last won three straight overall during a five-game run March 11-20, 2012.
Jacob Markstrom has lost both times he's faced the Devils, but there's a good chance he'll make a third consecutive start for the Panthers. Markstrom has stopped 77 of 79 shots on the trip after coming within 3:48 of his first NHL shutout Thursday.
"I felt really good from the start to the finish," Markstrom said after making a career-high 44 saves.
If that continues, the Panthers' league-worst penalty kill (74.2 percent) has a good chance of improving. It already has, failing just once in seven short-handed chances in the last two games.
New Jersey is 4 for 10 with the man advantage in its last three.
Forward Matt D'Agostini could make his Devils debut after being acquired from St. Louis on Friday for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. He has two points in 16 games after beginning the season in Germany.
These clubs split four regular-season matchups in 2011-12, with each winning once on the road.
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As a result of some poor puck handling by the Carolina Hurricanes, the puck ended up in their own net during the first period of Thursday night's game, giving the New Jersey Devils a power play goal. To add insult to injury, however, the Devils goal was credited to goaltender Martin Brodeur, as he was the last Devils player to touch the puck on the play.
The New Jersey Devils started the year on a hot streak until Martin Brodeur was placed on the I.R. Brodeur missed 13 games but made his return on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. In the first period the Devils were on the powerplay when this bizarre played happened. Carolina Hurricanes forward Patrick Dwyer was killing the penalty when he had this excellent shorthanded...
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Martin Brodeur has scored three goals in his career, including the playoffs. Thursday night, Marty was credited with a goal in his first game back from injury against the Carolina Hurricanes. He was the last Devil to touch the puck before a a horrible miscue by the 'Canes. Brodeur was given credit for the goal. It wasn't one of Brodeur's best goals, but hey, a...
Sure, it's just a number -- one of many milestones Martin Brodeur has accumulated in his Hall of Fame career.
But Brodeur is a Devil .
And this was career win No. 666.
"My brother is really excited about it,'' the New Jersey goaltender said Saturday after he made 17 saves to backstop a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Newark, N.J.
Martin Brodeur is one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of the NHL. A fun fact about the New Jersey goalie is that going going into Thursday night he had two career goals.
At 3:54 of the first period in Raleigh on Thursday, Brodeur scored his third career goal. After a delayed Devils penalty, Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal made an errant pass to the point which deflected...
Moose Hedberg got his time between the pipes while Martin Brodeur was out with a back injury that kept him out a month...
So, what do you do to welcome yourself back...???
Score a goal...
Technically, he was credited with a goal since he was the last Devil to touch the puck in an own goal situation.
But, hey, a goal is a goal... and a power play goal...
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur scored a surprising and odd goal tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes to put the Devils on top 1-0. Early in the first period, there was a delayed call on the Devils after a shot by Carolina that Brodeur stick saved, so, Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis left the net for an extra attacker. Jordan Staal received the puck and tried to pass...
Travis Zajac set up two goals, and the New Jersey Devils rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Brodeur finished with 17 saves as the Devils won their second straight since the 40-year-old goalie returned to the lineup after being sidelined a month with...
Match-up - New Jersey Devils (13-11-6) @ Carolina Hurricanes (15-12-2)
Road/Home records - 4-6-4 -------------- 7-7-0
TV - MSG, NHLN-US, FS-CAR
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Hurricanes lead 2-0
Last 10: Devils 3-5-2 / Hurricanes 5-4-1
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Dan Ellis (CAR)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Match-up - Florida Panthers (9-16-6) @ New Jersey Devils (14-11-6)
Road/Home records - 5-8-1 -------------- 9-5-2
TV - MSG Plus, FS-Florida
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - 0-0
Last 10: Panthers 3-6-1 / Devils 4-5-1
Projected starting goalies - Scott Clemmensen (FLA) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Florida - 2.45 / 3.55...