Kevin Weekes didn't have the easiest assignment tonight, coming into a game cold after Martin Brodeur was injured and did a pretty good job in his first game action of the regular season. He stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced. Only Slava Kozlov beat him on a 2-on-1, with a shot that went in off Weekes' right skate to break up the Devils' combined shutout 6:30 into the third period.
"Marty played well before it happened and Weeksie came in and did a great job," Devils coach Brent Sutter said.
"Weeksie came in and played great tonight and that's the luxury we have of having two veteran goalies," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. "He's a guy that's been a No. 1 in many situations and knows how to play. So, if it's something that's bad, we have a guy that can step in and play."
"(Brodeur) is a the best goalie in the league and you don't want to lose a guy like that and I don't know what his condition is," center Dainius Zubrus said. "But, saying that, Weeksie was a No. 1 goalie for a number of years, so he's a solid backup. He's definitely it."
Asked what he thought when he saw Brodeur was injured, Sutter said, "I turned around and told Weeksie, 'Go and get stretched.' I wasn't going to play net."
All joking aside, Sutter said he has confidence in Weekes if he has to hold down the fort in net for a while.
"Absolutely," Sutter said. "We all are accustomed to seeing Marty, but if Marty has to miss some time - I have no idea if that's the case - I'm comfortable with Weeksie. If I wasn't, that wouldn't be a good thing. i feel good with Weeksie. I mentioned that last year. I'm totally comfortable with Weeksie that he'll do a good job."
All of these injuries are starting to pile up on the Devils. After going injury free in their first three games, they've had six guys go down in their last seven -- Brodeur, Langenbrunner (one game with bruised left knee). Brian Rolston (high right ankle sprain), Bobby Holik (broken right pinky), Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (cracked orbital bone) and Andy Greene (broken right hand).
"In 10 games, we've had six guys go down," Langenbrunner said. "We've had some freaky ones too. Unfortunately it's part of the game. It's nothing we can whine about."
One game after Greene set a career-high with three asists, Johnny Oduya tied his career high with three assists tonight. Zubrus had two assists (assuming the scoring on Nicklas Bergfors' goal isn't changed).
Jay Pandolfo scored his first goal of the season.