Fly on the Wall: March 14, 2009
Parise casts his ballot
When asked to decide who the best goaltender is between Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise had a fool-proof method to compare apples with Hall-of-Fame oranges.
“Well I’m pretty biased right now; I’ve got to go with Marty. I haven’t shot on Patrick but I shoot on this guy every day and trust me, it’s not fun. It was great to be a part of that game tonight though. The way the fans gave him that ovation at the end gave me chills. ”
Holik: loved the show, not crazy about the venue
After his Devils had polished off the tail end of the Montreal media circus surrounding Martin Brodeur’s 551st career win, equalling the all-time NHL high set by Patrick Roy in 2003, New Jersey center Bobby Holik was just happy his team made it out alive.
“If we had a choice, we would have liked to have done it somewhere else because it’s been a crazy time here for the last 24 hours but we got it done and Marty had a great game out there so it worked out.”
Sutter’s 551 reasons to smile
After joining in on the processional for Brodeur after the game, waiting at the visitor’s tunnel for his starting goalie to make his way off the Bell Centre ice, Devils head coach Brent Sutter was beaming for his future-Hall-of-Fame netminder.
“That’s the way it should be and it shows you how special it really is. Accomplishments like this don’t happen every day and it’s a pretty phenomenal thing. Patrick Roy was an outstanding goaltender – I know first hand from playing against him – it’s great for Marty to be able to tie that.
Marty’s unforgettable homecoming
Tying a record set by his childhood idol six years ago made Saturday night’s win a little more special for Martin Brodeur. Hitting the mark in his home town against the team he grew up rooting for was icing on the cake.
“That was pretty cool. It’s pretty rare that you go to a visiting team’s building and you get a standing ovation from their fans. I know I have the Montreal connection but still, to get that kind recognition from the Montreal fans is something I will remember all my life.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for Canadiens.com
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