MONTREAL - If this was, indeed, Martin Brodeurís last game in his native city, it started with a clunker, but the finish hit all the right notes.
The 41-year-old New Jersey Devils goaltender helped his club to a 4-1 win at the Bell Centre doing what he has always done in his 20 NHL seasons: get the better of the team he hung around as a kid.
After being named the first star in the win, Brodeur got warm applause from the fans still in the seats.
ďIt was nice, definitely. I didnít expect that in this building,Ē said Brodeur, who made 29 saves on the night and improved his record at the Bell Centre to 20-9-1.
Brodeurís dad, Denis, was the team photographer for the Montreal Canadiens and would often bring his son to work.
Denis, who was a fixture at the Montreal Forum and the Bell Centre after Martin made it to the NHL and took pictures of his son from one of the corner positions, passed away last September.
Brodeur has had a number of big moments against the Habs. He set the Devilsí career wins mark against the Canadiens (107 in 1997), tied former Canadiens great Patrick Roy for career regular-season wins (551 in 2009) and broke Royís combined regular-season and playoff victories mark (703) in 2010, all against the Canadiens.