New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur forced out by bruised elbow

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, one of the most durable players in the NHL, left Saturday night’s 6-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers game after bruising his left elbow in the second period but still earned the victory.

Brodeur, now seven wins shy of tying Patrick Roy’s NHL record of 551 career victories, had played every minute of New Jersey’s 10 games this season before he was hurt 6:38 into the second period. He made a sprawling stop and then clutched his left arm as he skated off the ice.

The Devils were leading 3-0 when Kevin Weekes came on in relief for the first time this season.

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Brodeur led the NHL in games played by a goalie the last two seasons with 78 and 77 appearances. The last time he was forced out of action was in 2005, when he was sidelined for six games due to a knee injury from Oct. 28 to Nov. 8.

In addition to closing in on Roy’s records for wins and games played by a goalie, Brodeur also is five shutouts away from tying Terry Sawchuk’s NHL career mark of 103.