Devils silence Blues, 5-3


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ST. LOUIS - Martin Brodeur broke a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL's career victory list, making 26 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Brian Gionta scored the game's first two goals, Grant Marshall got the go-ahead goal and Patrik Elias had three assists for New Jersey. The Devils have won seven in a row and sent the Blues to their seventh straight loss.
Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list for the second time this month. The New Jersey star recorded his 77th career shutout Jan. 9 against Philadelphia, good for seventh on that list.
The Devils led 3-0 and Brodeur seemed in complete control against the NHL's worst team until Dennis Wideman's power-play goal midway through the second period. Wideman scored on a one-timer from the left circle, a blast that deflected off Brodeur's glove and the puck trickled in.
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