Saturday, February 9, 2013

Brodeur appears in 1,200th game and makes goofy save

Martin Brodeur appeared in his 1,200th game for the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and led his team to a 3-1 victory over the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins in front of a sellout crowd of 17,625 at the Prudential Center.

In typical fashion, Brodeur stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal — as the Devils took over first place — but it was a unusual Brodeur moment at the end of the second period that fans will remember.  One that will probably never make the future Hall of Famer's highlight film, but will definitely be on his blooper reel.

The sequence starts with the Penguins on a power play, Brodeur loses his stick and has to chase it into a corner to retrieve it. The Devils goalie picks it up and as he heads back to the net, Evgeni Malkin fires a shot from the blue line at the empty net while Brodeur races over.

The puck hit the post, bounces off Brodeur's toe and slides across the net as he acrobatically tries to keep it from going in. Then he just falls over.

The goal wouldn't have counted because the Penguins were offside, but that's what makes it even funnier.

Even the old pro had a good laugh after that play.

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