Martin Brodeur, of the New Jersey Devils, made 24 saves in his return from elbow surgery and his team beat Colorado 4-0. Brodeur turned aside just five shots in the first period, 12 in the second, and seven in the third, to register his third shutout of the season.
That was Brodeur's 99th career shutout. With five more, he takes the lead over Terry Sawchuk's regular-season NHL mark of 103.
With seven more victories, he will tie Patrick's Roy's win record.
Brodeur was out for 50 games. Before that, he had lost only 12 games to injuries in his 15-year career.
Brodeur, 36, had not played since Nov. 1, when he tore a tendon in his left elbow in a game against Atlanta.
The Devils (39-19-3) have climbed into first place in the Atlantic Division, and are considered serious Stanley Cup contenders this year.
Brodeur, a four-time Vezina Trophy winner, has led his team to three Stanley Cup Championships and has taken them to the playoffs all but once in his 15-year tenure.
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