Catching up on Brodeur

After shutting out the Panthers on Jan. 20, Martin Brodeur went more than two months without a whitewash, and then — BAM! — two in a row, just as he’s setting himself up for the playoffs. He blanked the Hurricanes and Thrashers in consecutive games at the beginning of April. Of course, those came heading into the first week of the baseball season, so my attention was elsewhere. I noted them, but didn’t take any time to comment on them.

And so, as I have been marking all along this year, Brodeur has now tied Walter Johnson for the career lead in shutouts, with 110, in a category I’m making up: the most shutouts by a man charged with keeping the other team from scoring in a team sport.

Here’s hoping that bodes well as the Devils begin the march to their fourth Stanley Cup tonight…

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