Brodeur continues run for record, tops Flames

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — Martin Brodeur made 35 saves and
captain Jamie Langenbrunner recorded a goal and an assist as the
New Jersey Devils on Tuesday skated to a 3-2 victory over the
Calgary Flames.

With the victory, Brodeur moved within two of tying Hall of
Famer Patrick Roy (551) for first place on the all-time list.
He has a chance to match the mark in his hometown of Montreal on

“It’s still alive, we still have that chance,” Brodeur said.
“I’ve done all that (ticket-buying). The people I care about,
I’ll buy tickets for (on Saturday). Not that I don’t care about
the other ones, but when you get older, you smarten up about
these things.”

Brian Rolston and Zach Parise also scored for New Jersey, which
matched a franchise record with its eighth consecutive home win.

Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross tallied for the Flames, who
have lost three in a row and four of six.

“Three in a row is very unacceptable,” Calgary captain Jarome
Iginla said. “Next game at Detroit, it doesn’t get any easier.”

“You’re always concerned when you’re losing,” Flames coach Mike
Keenan added. “At this time of year, the tempo of the games is
pretty high. We’re trying to work through that part of our
schedule right now.”

Jokinen opened the scoring midway through the first period with
his third goal in four games after being acquired from the
Phoenix Coyotes at Wednesday’s trade deadline. The Finn
converted a pass from the left faceoff circle while standing at
the right side of the crease at 10:22 for his 24th tally of the

Langenbrunner forged a tie at 5:10 of the second with his fourth
goal in six games, beating goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a
wrist shot from the slot while shorthanded.

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“It was a great play by Whitey (defenseman Colin White),”
Langenbrunner said. “Paul Martin made a great deflection of
that cross-ice pass (by Calgary) to get it started, Whitey
reading the play, jumping through there. I kind of just bided
my time getting through there and he made a good pass. I made a
good shot and it found its way through.”

“Their shorthanded goal was a big goal for them,” Iginla said.
“We’re thinking it’s a power play with a chance to go up 2-0,
and then it’s 1-1, a huge momentum swing.”

It was the 22nd goal of the season for Langenbrunner, one shy of
his career high.

Rolston put the Devils ahead for good during a power play with
1:59 left in the middle session, burying a rebound on the right
side, and Parise banged in the puck from the top of the crease
75 seconds into the third for his 39th goal of the campaign.

“It was a cluster in front of the net,” Parise said. “I was
surprised the ref didn’t blow the whistle. We saw (the puck)
underneath, kept swinging at it. I knocked it through the
five-hole, I think, or somewhere.

“Those are the goals I’ve been scoring all year, from in the
crease and tight around the net. You have to stick with what

Parise’s tally chased Kiprusoff, who made 25 saves.

“That’s the coach’s call, and I have nothing else to say about
that,” Kiprusoff said. “Coaches make those calls, and I don’t
worry about that. I just try to win out there.”

Glencross netted a power-play goal with one second remaining to
cap the scoring.