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One Devil of a Goalie

Brodeur1 Congratulations are in order to New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur who became the NHL's all-time winningest goalie after beating Chicago on Tuesday night in Newark.

Brodeur won his 552nd game, one better than former Montreal/Colorado goalie Patrick Roy. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

This from the NHL: Brodeur entered the game tied with Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who recorded 551 wins with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche from 1984-85 through 2002-03. Roy had held the record since Oct. 17, 2000, when he posted his 448th career win and passed Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk.

Brodeur2 "Martin Brodeur is the gold standard of goaltending," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

"He is the model of character, consistency and commitment to the craft. A champion. A winner above all. It is difficult to imagine any player who is more universally, and deservedly, respected. The National Hockey League is extremely proud of Martin, his historic achievement and his enduring contribution to our game.''

Special thanks to Kentucky Mike for the pics. Better ones, he says, to come. These were from his cellphone.