Martin Brodeur didn't exactly go back to the drawing board following Game 3 of New Jersey's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Florida Panthers, but he did take it to heart.
It was only two days ago that Devils coach Pete DeBoer pulled his goalie just 2:18 of the second period of Game 3 after Brodeur had allowed three goals on 12 shots in an eventual 4-3 loss. It marked the first time Brodeur had been yanked from a playoff game since a 6-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
But before a sellout crowd at Prudential Center on Thursday, Brodeur rebounded the only way he knew how, with a 26-save shutout in a 4-0 triumph that helped New Jersey even this series at two wins apiece -- and earned him another line in the NHL record book.
The shutout was the 24th of Brodeur's illustrious playoff career, breaking a tie with Patrick Roy that had existed since his last postseason shutout -- a 44-save, 1-0 victory against Carolina in Game 5 of the conference quarterfinals on April 23, 2009.