Whether or not it turns out the 2011-12 Stanley Cup playoffs are the last for Martin Brodeur remains to be seen. But if setting NHL records is a barometer of how much the veteran has left in the tank then the New Jersey Devil is hardly running on fumes.
The 40-year-old Brodeur heads into this his 4th Stanley Cup final - he's won 3 - against Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings having set over the course of these 2011-12 playoffs 2 new postseason records. He's now got the most career playoff shutouts with 24 and most assists by a goalie in a single playoff year, with 4. He's also a point away from tying the record for career playoff points by a goalie.
Brodeur: Shutout and Scoring Records
The first record the league's 1994 Rookie of the Year set this postseason came April 19 in a 4-0 first round win over the Florida Panthers. That moved him past Patrick Roy of the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche for first in career postseason shutouts with 24 (he also has the most shutouts in a playoff season, 7, set in 2002-03, the last season New Jersey won the Stanley Cup).
The second record for Brodeur this postseason came on May 21 in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers; in that game he drew his 4th assist of these playoffs, the first time a goalie hit 4 assists, or points, in one playoff year. On 6 occasions NHL goalies have had 3, each time all assists: Grant Fuhr did it twice, in 1984 and '85 with the Oilers; Andy Moog did it with Boston in 1990 and '92; Tom Barrasso did it in 1993 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Kirk McLean managed 3 playoff assists while with the Vancouver Canucks, also in 1993.
Martin Brodeur playoff records
That point against the Rangers also moved Brodeur one from tying Fuhr in career playoff points. He now has 12 playoff assists for his career and combined with the playoff goal he scored in 1997, has 1 goal and 12 assists for 13 postseason points, one shy of Fuhr's record 14.
Finally, there is yet another playoff mark he owns and is extending this postseason: his last start was his 188th consecutive playoff start for New Jersey, no goalie has started as many games consecutively for one club.
If Brodeur doesn't get a point in the Stanley Cup final this year, all that record setting, combined with 12 wins to date in these 2012 playoffs and his 2.04 GAA and .923 save percentage suggest he has more than enough left in the tank to come back and be a top level goalie in 2012-13.