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Brodeur, Devils seek third straight win

Philadelphia (33-17-10) at New Jersey (40-19-3), 1:00 p.m. EST

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Martin Brodeur has been stellar

since returning from a four-month absence. He also has gotten

plenty of offensive support.

Looking to notch a third straight win, Brodeur and the Devils

host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in a battle of Atlantic

Division rivals.

A four-time Vezina Trophy-winner, Brodeur missed 50 games after

tearing a distal biceps tendon in a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta

Thrashers. In his return on Thursday, he made 24 saves in

blanking the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0.

In New Jersey's 7-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers on

Saturday, the 36-year-old was not tested, needing to make only

15 saves.

Devils coach Brent Sutter has wasted no time in helping Brodeur

shake off any rust, electing to start him for the third time in

four days with this contest.

Brodeur posted his 546th career win and needs six more to

surpass Patrick Roy's mark for first on the all-time list.

All-Star Zach Parise has recorded eight goals and seven assists

in his last nine games.

Coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on

Friday, Philadelphia will welcome back Daniel Briere, who was

activated from injured reserve on Saturday.

The oft-injured 31-year-old, who underwent abdominal surgery

last month, has missed the last 36 games with the lingering

effects of a groin strain. He underwent exploratory surgery on

January 22.

An 11-year veteran, Briere has played in just nine games this

season, registering five goals and nine points.

The Flyers have won five of their last seven and are 1-0-2

against the Devils this season.


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