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Martin Brodeur Breaks Wins Record

Congrats to Martin Brodeur who has set a new standard for wins by a goalie in one season (From Yahoo!).

– Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils had a record-setting night against the worst team in the NHL.

Brodeur surpassed Bernie Parent, Philadelphia’s stalwart Stanley Cup-winning goalie, for wins in a season with 48 and the Devils clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.

“I think with him being an icon as far as goalies for the Flyers, to go into Philly and do it here, I couldn’t write it a lot better than that,” Brodeur said.

While some retired stars want to see their records stand forever, Parent said before the game he was rooting for Brodeur.

“This is his year,” said Parent, his retired No. 1 hanging from the rafters. “He’s played fantastic hockey. It couldn’t have happened to a more fantastic individual.”

Parent sent a personal note that Brodeur said he would read at home.

Brodeur was booed when he was introduced as the first star of the game, and the Flyers made no acknowledgment of the record.

Parent, who turned 62 on Tuesday, could be bumped from first to third by the time the season is over. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo had 46 wins entering Thursday night’s game against Colorado, and he still had two more games left.

I will say that with the new rules for the NHL which has led to the elimination of ties has greatly assisted the breaking of this record, but of course the salary cap makes it harder to put together a dominating team as well. However, its great to see the record holder not being mad about his record being broken and actually rooting for the guy to do it. Its a fine example of putting the game ahead of yourself, which is lost by so many players today. Of course the Philly fans acted in a way ot fulfil the expected stereotype (minus getting arrested or throwing things at Santa) and the Flyers showed absolutly zero class in ignoring the breaking of a long time NHL record. I don’t care if your guy had the record, show some class. This isn’t the first time this has happened this season, the Nashville Predators were equally as classless when Mike Modano became the all time leader in goals for American born players.

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