CHICAGO (AP) — Not even Martin Brodeur can always stop what he
Brent Seabrook beat Brodeur from the blue line at 3:36 of
overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks their third straight
victory, 3-2 over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Seabrook, who also had an assist, scored on a 55-foot drive with
New Jersey’s Dainius Zubrus and David Johnny Oduya in the path
of the shot. The screened drive was set up by Martin Havlat’s
“I don’t think he really could see that one,” Seabrook said.
“It’s good for us it went in.”
Brodeur holds the NHL record for career wins by a goalie with
553. He broke the mark with his 552nd victory on March 17 in a
3-2 home win over Chicago.
Brodeur admitted he didn’t pick up Seabrook’s drive.
“I didn’t see much,” Brodeur said. “I think when Havlat made
that pass across, Zubie was in front of me and so was my
defenseman (Oduya). It (the shot) went right through them. I saw
him (Seabrook) wind up. After that I just saw it when it passed
Johnny. It was too late.”
Havlat had a goal, and set up Kris Versteeg’s power-play score
in regulation and Seabrook’s winner. The three points gave
Havlat 68, tying his career high set with Ottawa in 2003-04.
Havlat has a four-game goal streak, with five goals four assists
in the span.
“He has had a remarkable year overall,” Chicago coach Joel
Quenneville said. “He has a tremendous touch and feel on the ice
and scored a timely goal tonight on New Jersey’s top line.”
Zach Parise scored his 42nd goal of the season, and Paul Martin
also scored for the Devils, 0-2-1 in their last three.
“I thought we did a lot of good things here tonight, but we also
shot ourselves in the foot,” New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said.
“Look at their last two goals — turnovers where you can’t turn
Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin was sharp in blocking 28 shots.
Brodeur made 39 saves, including several close-in stops.
“We’re not playing as well as we want to, but we’ve got a lot of
games left,” Brodeur said. “We’ve got to start building a little
and get focused on what we need to do.”
Chicago ended a 12-game winless streak against New Jersey. Since
beating the Devils 5-2 at the United Center on Oct. 10, 1998,
Chicago had eight regulation losses, two shootout losses and two
ties against New Jersey.
The victory kept Chicago in fourth place in the Western
Conference, two points ahead of Vancouver.
“It was huge,” Seabrook said. “We needed these points. Vancouver
is looking at it the same way.”
The point moved the Atlantic Division-leading Devils eight
points ahead of second-place Philadelphia. New Jersey is four
points behind Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago outshot New Jersey 20-14 in the first period, but
trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The Blackhawks had five power plays in the first and dominated
early, but Brodeur kept it close with several sharp saves.
Versteeg’s power-play goal opened the scoring 5:51 in. Left
untouched at the left edge of the crease, Versteeg took Havlat’s
pass, spun and fired a shot over Brodeur’s glove.
Parise tied it at 7:23 on a rising shot from the right circle
that may have deflected off the stick of Chicago defenseman
Martin gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with 18 seconds left in
period. From a goalmouth scramble, Martin converted a rebound
after Khabibulin had made saves on Brian Gionta and Zubrus.
Havlat tied it at 2 with 5:37 left in the second on a low shot
from high in the slot with Chicago’s Andrew Ladd parked in front
In the final minutes of the second, Khabibulin made a
point-blank stop on Bobby Holik and Brodeur stopped Patrick
Sharp after he stickhandled around New Jersey defenseman Bryce
Both goalies were alert in the scoreless third. Khabibulin moved
quickly to block Travis Zajac’s 20-foot wrist shot during a
power play midway through the period, then stopped Holik with 5