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Brodeur shuts out Rangers (with some late controversy)

John Tortorella

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella talks with an official after a Rangers goal was not allowed due to player interference with New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in New York. The Devils won 1-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


All of a sudden, Martin Brodeur is starting to look like the future Hall of Famer whose greatest criticisms are that he gets a little lucky.

Brodeur picked up a 30-save 1-0 shutout against the New York Rangers tonight, earning his fourth win in a row and pushing the New Jersey Devils to fifth in the East in the process. Brodeur was especially strong in the third period when the Rangers held a ridiculous 15-1 shot advantage.

As you can see from the highlights below, he got a little lucky - especially with a disallowed goal in the waning moments of the game and a friendly post earlier in the night - but he was also an undeniable-difference maker. (You know, like the guy who’s an obvious Hall of Famer.)

Martin Brodeur, Mark Fraser, Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) and teammate Mark Fraser (2) defend New York Rangers’ Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


(What do you think: did officials make the right call in waiving off the goal because of Marian Gaborik’s interference? Let us know in the comments.)

Brodeur has allowed eight goals on his four-game winning streak, moving his season record to 18-12-2. His individual numbers still leave plenty to be desired (.899 save percentage; 2.67 GAA), but with the Devils still in position to make noise, it’s all about what he does going forward.

For the first time in a long time, there’s reason to believe that Brodeur can get the job done. To little surprise, the Devils are looking as dangerous as they’ve looked in years as well.