The New Jersey Devils are listing goalie Martin Brodeur as "day-to-day" after Brodeur injured his right shoulder in the first period of Thursday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center.
Brodeur fell to the ice after making a save on Alec Martinex 11:34 into the opening period.
“I just kind of tweaked my shoulder when I dove down for that shot and lost a little strength in it, so I didn’t feel comfortable continuing,” Brodeur told reporters after the game. “I didn’t have a stick and I dove all the way back. Martinez took a shot from the point and it glanced off my blocker and when I landed I kind of landed awkwardly on my shoulder.”
Brodeur first received attention on the ice from Devils medical trainer Richard Stinziano and remained in the for the remainder of the period.
It was during the first intermission that Brodeur decided resting the shoulder made the most sense.
“I didn’t go through my mind too much until I came in the room and tried to take my equipment off and that kind of was a little tricky,” Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “The new shoulder pads are a little tougher to get off. After that, I went to see the doctors and I was like, ‘There’s something wrong.’ So, they tried to test it a little bit and just the weight of the stick was a little tough for me to move around at this point right now. But it will be fine.”
Johan Hedberg replaced Brodeur in goal and stopped all 16 shots he faced over the second and third periods and into the overtime period. He also stopped both Kings shots in the shootout as New Jersey improved to 2-1-0 on the season.
Brodeur remained on the New Jersey bench, but was not ready to return to the ice. Brodeur said he will accompany the club to Nashville for Saturday's game.
Coach Pete DeBoer wasn’t sure if the team would bring a third goaltender to Nasvhille just in case Brodeur can’t play or back up. He planned to discuss that with GM Lou Lamoriello.
“Lou and I are going to meet,” DeBoer said. “We talked to Marty after. We’ll see how feels tomorrow and then those decisions will be made.”
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