The focus of The Hockey Goal-Digger unfortunately neglects the heroes between the pipes. Once a week, I’ll do my best to make amends.
“Never” is a long-time to say a record won’t be broken, but Marty Brodeur’s NHL standard for shutouts has that air about it.
In 2009, Brodeur caught up to Terry Sawchuk’s 103 shutouts and tacked on 22 more before his career was over, to end up with 125.
Roberto Luongo is next on the active list with 73, but he’s 38 years old. After that you get to Henrik Lundqvist, who is still in his prime years, but has less than half of Brodeur’s lifetime total (61). No other active goaltender has as many as 45 shutouts.
So get used to seeing Brodeur atop the list. He’s not going anywhere.
Four times Brodeur posted double-digit shutouts in a season. Twice (consecutively) he posted a goals-against average of under 2.00. And perhaps most impressively, while Brodeur averaged one shutout for every 10.1 games during the regular season, his ratio rose to one every 8.5 games come playoff time.
And his GAA in all-star games was a respectable 7.33. But enough silly talk: Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy four times.
His record-setting performance came against the defending Cup champion Penguins on Dec. 21, 2009. The clip shows the waning minutes of the third period, including a vintage Brodeur save on Evgeny Malkin. You also get to hear Doc Emrick as the Devils TV play-by-play man. And the Penguins even showed Brodeur as much respect as is permissible by the unwritten rules, announcing his achievement in the arena immediately following the game. And if you look closely, a player or two of theirs even managed to sneak in a tap of Brodeur’s pads.