Kovalchuk, Brodeur earn Devils first win in OT
In need of a win, the New Jersey Devils knew exactly who to turn to.
Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 111th NHL shutout, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the short-handed Devils to their first win of the season, 1-0 over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Brodeur, who came in with just an .859 save percentage, extended his NHL record for shutouts with his third career blanking of the Sabres. It was also his 23rd career 1-0 win, and it helped give Devils rookie coach John MacLean his first career NHL victory.