The New Jersey Devils did what they had to last night, as they shut out the Minnesota Wild behind Martin Brodeur. It was the future Hall-of-Fame goaltender’s 101st career shutout — two shy of Terry Sawchuk’s all-time NHL record.

Now the Devils will only be three points behind the Boston Bruins when they land at TD Banknorth Garden Sunday afternoon. The Devils aren’t shying away from the hype.

“It’s going to be a good match-up for us and the next day we’re playing Philly,” Brodeur said in Rich Chere’s story today in The Star-Ledger.

Brodeur isn’t the only one eaching milestones these days, as a resurgent Patrik Elias hit the 30-goal mark against the Wild.

MK: Washington plays Carolina tonight, so the Capitals could be back in second in the East by tomorrow. But when you factor the games in hand, Devils-Bruins will be the battle of the beasts of the East. Buckle your seat belts.