Every time a team loses to New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur from now until the time he retires, that club will add to his already-record for all-time victories.
Today at TD Banknorth Garden, the Bruins will try to avoid not only adding to Brodeur’s total of 553 wins, but also aboud helping him move closer to all the all-time record for shutouts — which he is two shy of with 101 on his ledger.
Bruins winger Michael Ryder will be one of the Bruins players trying to solve Brodeur.
“I just think he’s a very smart goalie,” Ryder recently told TheBruinsBlog.net. “Like he can read what happens on the ice. He’s a little unorthodox at times but it seems like he can read the shooters well and read the play developing before it does and he puts himself in good position.
“Sometimes you’re like, ‘how did he know I was going to shoot there?’ It seems like he’s the type of goalie to always know where people are shooting.”
The Bruins have not faced Brodeur this season because the future Hall of Famer was out injured. For his career, Brodeur is 22-14-8 against the Bruins with a 2.44 goals-against average and four shutouts. Head coach Claude Julien, who once coached Brodeur for the better part of one season with the Devils, knows Brodeur will have even more incentive today than the opportunity to pull the Devils closer to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
“He’s obviously got some personal goals they’d like to achieve, and that makes him that much better,” Julien said. “He’s always been a character player and I think everybody knows that. He knows what’s at stake (today) too and certainly will be up for the challenge.”