552 : Congratulations Martin Brodeur

He has done it! On March 17, 2009, Martin Brodeur recorded his 552nd victory, passing Patrick Roy to become the NHL’s all-time leader in wins by a goaltender. Perhaps among the most consistent goalies ever, Brodeur waved at the end of the game before a raucous crowd that chanted “Marty, Marty” and “Marty’s better” throughout the game.

Signed to play for three more seasons at least, Tuesday’s record-breaking performance would appear to be the first of the dominoes to fall as Brodeur stakes his claim to the major goal tending records. But he will worry about records at another time. He wants to win another Stanley Cup (he has 3 with the New Jersey Devils) and rack up these wins in order to make it really hard for anyone else to break his record.

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Brodeur’s remarkable achievement came in a season in which he missed 50 games following surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon. He returned to the lineup on Feb. 26 and is now 8-1-0 over that span as New Jersey continues to lead the Atlantic Division and chase the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

A sure bet for Hall of Fame, Martin Brodeur will go down in history as the new winningest goalie of all time. Congratulations Marty!

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